Lancet's screening report; digital tomo news; cost-effectiveness of CT colonography

Dear AuntMinnieEurope Member,

A 50-year-old woman receiving her first breast screening invitation faces an unenviable dilemma: Does she accept and risk unnecessary treatment? Or does she decline and turn her back on the possibility of an early diagnosis that may save her life?

This week's publication of a report by an independent U.K. panel aims to make such decisions easier. The authors underline the need for better information for women. Overall, they support screening programs, but they're very concerned about overdiagnosis and stress the need for more research in this area. Go to our Women's Imaging Digital Community, or click here.

How best to read digital tomosynthesis scans is another controversial area in breast imaging, but radiologists from Malmö, Sweden, think they've found a solution. To get their advice, click here.

Meanwhile, a prestigious research team that included Dr. Helen Fenlon from Dublin has conducted an in-depth evaluation of the cost-effectiveness of CT colonography. Their analysis merits a close look in our CT Digital Community, or by clicking here.

MRI is a valuable tool for characterizing hepatic lesions, including hepatic adenomas, which are becoming more common due to the increased use of oral contraceptives and anabolic steroids. An e-poster on this topic was the second most viewed exhibit at the recent Journées Françaises de Radiologie (JFR) congress. Find out more in our MRI Digital Community, or by clicking here.

The European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) congress took place in Milan this week. To coincide with the meeting, Dr. Arturo Chiti, president-elect of EANM and a member of AuntMinnieEurope.com's editorial advisory board, has shared his vision of the skills required by nuclear medicine specialists. Visit our Molecular Imaging Digital Community, or click here.

Acupuncture can relieve the symptoms of xerostomia, or chronic dry mouth, according to a study published on 23 October in Annals of Oncology. This may be welcome news to the nearly half million patients worldwide diagnosed each year with head and neck cancers. Learn more here.

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