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Dear Women's Imaging Insider,

Do you ever wish there were an easy way to classify lesions found on breast MRI; something that didn't require a biopsy to confirm malignancy, but still left you feeling fairly confident of your diagnosis? So did renowned researchers Dr. Pascal Baltzer, Dr. Werner Kaiser, and's editorial adviser Dr. Matthias Dietzel.

The team developed a classification tree that determines whether a lesion is malignant or benign based on five lesion descriptors. How well does it work? Find out here.

Dual x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) is typically used to measure bone mineral density at the spine or hip to diagnose osteoporosis or evaluate treatment response. Certain conditions, however, alter bone density at other skeletal sites, leading to increased fracture risk that's not reflected by standard DEXA measurements.

What happens when bone density is assessed at other regions? How long does it take and what dosage is used? Discover what U.K. researchers found.

Breast elastography can substantially improve ultrasound's capability in differentiating benign from malignant breast lesions -- thus reducing the number of biopsies -- but which technique is the best? How can it be applied? What are the limitations? Italian researchers answer those questions and more.

Also in your Women's Imaging Digital Community, you can read about:

  • A U.K. study that reveals the percentage of breast MRI referrals that are inappropriate.
  • How PET/CT is now a useful tool in detecting and restaging recurrent breast cancer, from a joint Egyptian and German research team.
  • How radiologists interpreting breast screening studies had comparable performance regardless of whether the images were acquired with computed or digital radiography mammography systems, according to a Belgian study.

Plus a whole lot more. Head on over and check out what else you can find.

Do you have a hot tip for us? Unusual news? A conference you think we should cover? Let us know by sending me a quick email.

Until next time, all the best.

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