Breast MRI technique helps cancer detection without contrast
February 23, 2018 -- German researchers have developed a novel breast MRI technique that greatly reduces false-positive findings and increases the detection of breast cancer -- without the need for a gadolinium-based contrast agent, according to a study published online February 20 in Radiology.  Discuss
DBT + mammography boosts cancer detection in Norway
February 20, 2018 -- Using digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) with full-field digital mammography (FFDM) detects more cancers and has improved specificity compared with FFDM alone, according to a large study from Norway by Dr. Per Skaane and colleagues and published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.  Discuss
Clinical audits promise productivity gains in Russia
February 20, 2018 -- A radiology audit service in Moscow that already assesses 150 CT, MRI, and mammography systems across 64 outpatient departments is gearing up for further expansion. Unified Radiological Information Service is expected to reduce costs for radiology departments.  Discuss
Study: Over 30% of breast cancers missed on breast MRI
February 16, 2018 -- Almost one-third of breast cancers detected in a high-risk screening program using breast MRI were already visible at the last negative MRI scan, Dutch researchers have reported. The results apply to both screen-detected and interval cancers, they added.  Discuss
Breast screening uptake drops to new low in England
February 5, 2018 -- The proportion of women in England between the ages of 50 and 70 taking up breast screening has fallen to the lowest level in 10 years, according to a new report. The emphasis on the pros and the cons of screening is thought to be behind the drop, but one expert says it's the media's fault.  Discuss
Is the mammography debate an example of 'fake science'?
February 5, 2018 -- In today's world of "fake news" and "alternative facts," is the debate over mammography screening one of "fake science"? It might be, according to a paper published recently in BMC Medical Ethics from a Norwegian researcher who claims to show how breast screening researchers fit facts to suit their beliefs.  Discuss
One-view DBT could be sufficient for breast screening
February 2, 2018 -- One-view digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is not statistically inferior to two-view digital mammography (DM) or two-view DM plus two-view DBT, Dutch researchers have found. Furthermore, one-view DBT could be sufficient for experienced readers, they added.  Discuss
MRI sheds new light on fetal MSK abnormalities
January 30, 2018 -- Fetal MRI is proving an increasingly useful technique that can provide valuable clinical information, and it should be carried out whenever a musculoskeletal (MSK) abnormality is suspected, according to Spanish researchers who have assessed over 1,000 pregnant women.  Discuss
DBT + synthesized 2D mammo detects more cancer
January 26, 2018 -- The combination of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) with synthesized 2D mammography images increased the cancer detection rate in an Italian breast screening program -- with recall rates and radiation dose similar to full-field digital mammography (FFDM).  Discuss