Prototype breast device displays much promise
December 23, 2020 -- A team from Heidelberg in Germany has reported that a prototype device combining 3D automated breast ultrasound and digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) performed well in a feasibility study. The scanner identified 97% of cancers and added only about a minute to the DBT exam time.  Discuss
New data reveal true scale of missed scans and backlog
December 21, 2020 -- At least 4.4 million fewer diagnostic examination scans were performed in England between April and September 2020 compared with the same period in 2019, BBC News reported on 17 December. One in seven patients is now waiting more than three months for a scan.  Discuss
Spanish show the way on contrast-enhanced mammography
December 14, 2020 -- Contrast-enhanced spectral mammography is becoming a useful clinical technique due to its relatively low cost, increasing availability, and suitability for women who are contraindicated for MRI, but some important practical drawbacks remain, according to award-winning Spanish research presented at the RSNA 2020 meeting.  Discuss
When is it safe to skip breast radiotherapy?
December 11, 2020 -- Omitting radiation therapy after breast-conserving surgery should be an option for older patients with localized, hormone receptor-positive breast cancer who are receiving adjuvant hormone therapy, Scottish investigators have reported at the 2020 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.  Discuss
Dispute escalates over MRI's role in breast screening
December 8, 2020 -- A fierce debate is underway in the Netherlands over the use of MRI for screening women with dense breasts. The Dutch Society of Radiology has voiced its strong opposition to recent national guidance issued by the Health Council. The Health Council is against the use of MRI in breast cancer screening.  Discuss
Dutch group shows how AI can find interval breast cancers
December 4, 2020 -- Researchers from The Netherlands and the U.K. have used artificial intelligence (AI) software to pinpoint interval breast cancers. An AI program detected more than one-third of breast cancers missed on screening mammography in two different studies presented at RSNA 2020.  Discuss
Breast screening proves most effective in women over 65
November 23, 2020 -- The effect of breast screening is stronger and longer-lasting in women who are 65 and older, but it remains highly relevant for younger women, according to new data from England published on 23 November in the British Journal of Cancer.  Discuss
Could 4D MRI be a major leap forward for fetal imaging?
November 18, 2020 -- Scientists from King's College London have used 4D MRI to measure volumetric blood flow. They reconstructed multiple 3D images into cine loops that simulate fetal heartbeats.  Discuss
10 golden rules on ultrasound hygiene
November 16, 2020 -- Infection prevention and control measures for ultrasound must be implemented to avoid contamination, and this includes rules on hand hygiene, decontamination of machines, and regular deep cleaning of the ultrasound room's surfaces and ancillary equipment, according to a European Society of Radiology position statement.  Discuss
Italians show DBT detects more early-stage breast cancers
November 13, 2020 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) pinpoints more cancers than digital mammography at repeat screening and finds a lower number of stage II and higher cancers, according to a large Italian study. The results suggest DBT depicts cancer that might soon become advanced, said Dr. Francesca Caumo from the Veneto Institute of Oncology in Padua.  Discuss