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 (URIS) 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
Danish study lauds breast screening, rebuts controversy
January 11, 2018 -- A new Danish study shows breast cancer screening in the country performs well, with a sensitivity of more than 70% and a specificity of nearly 98%. The researchers also refute claims from other studies that question whether pilot screening programs reduced breast cancer mortality and only led to overdiagnosis.  Discuss
3D-printed breast biopsy device boosts accuracy
January 11, 2018 -- Researchers from the Netherlands have developed a 3D-printed robot-guided device capable of facilitating MR-guided breast biopsy and improving the accuracy of breast cancer diagnosis. Biopsies can even be performed inside the MRI scanner.  Discuss
DBT, synthetic 2D mammography beat standard screening
January 10, 2018 -- Single-reading digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) plus synthesized 2D mammography increased cancer detection and decreased recalls compared with double-reading standard mammography in a new study, published online by European Radiology on 2 January. In addition, standard mammography did not improve results when added to DBT.  Discuss