Contrast ultrasound identifies early cervical cancer
July 16, 2018 -- Contrast-enhanced ultrasound appears to be an effective alternative to MRI for identifying early cervical cancer -- especially in women who have tumors small enough to make them candidates for surgery, according to a study published in the August issue of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.  Discuss
Opinion: Stop misleading women on breast screening
July 6, 2018 -- The article published 5 July by JAMA Oncology about the cost-effectiveness of breast screening is another example of the type of "nonscience" from a leading tabloid journal, writes Dr. László Tabár. Women and decision-makers deserve correct and honest information, and it's time to focus on the harm of not being screened, he notes.  Discuss
Would risk-based breast screening be more cost-effective?
July 5, 2018 -- Not offering breast screening to women at lower risk of cancer could improve the cost-effectiveness of screening programs, reduce overdiagnosis, and maintain most of the benefits of screening, according to U.K. research published online on 5 July by JAMA Oncology.  Discuss
Danes find gridless mammography cuts radiation dose
July 3, 2018 -- Using gridless mammography acquisition results in a lower radiation dose for the patient, according to new research from Denmark. The study involving more than 70,000 women demonstrated that gridless mammography acquisition with software scatter correction is an alternative to grid-based acquisition in mammography.  Discuss
TOF-PET/MRI allows lower FDG dose for breast cases
June 18, 2018 -- Clinicians can reduce a standard dose of FDG by as much as 90% and still achieve clinically acceptable PET image quality in time-of-flight (TOF) PET/MRI scans for breast cancer, according to a Swiss study published online on 7 June in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
Radiographers: 'Yes, we can read chest x-rays'
June 15, 2018 -- The U.K. Society of Radiographers has refuted the suggestion that radiographers must not read chest x-rays and cannot conduct clinical image reporting to a standard equivalent to a senior radiologist. It's a "rather sad spectacle," according to its CEO Richard Evans.  Discuss
Tomosynthesis can work in breast assessment clinics
June 12, 2018 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) has the potential to improve healthcare by increasing diagnostic accuracy and simplifying workup in breast cancer assessment clinics, so much so that assessment clinics have widely embraced the modality, a new study published in European Radiology found.  Discuss
English women fare worst in breast cancer survival
June 8, 2018 -- English women ages 70 and older are less likely to survive breast cancer than women of the same age in Belgium, Poland, the Republic of Ireland, and the Netherlands, according to research published online on 7 June in the British Journal of Cancer.  Discuss
DBT plus DM finds 90% more cancer than mammo alone
June 7, 2018 -- The combination of digital mammography (DM) plus digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) finds 90% more breast cancer than digital mammography alone -- and with a similar recall rate, according to a study published online on 5 June in Radiology.  Discuss
U.K. reduces tally of women affected by screening blunder
June 6, 2018 -- The U.K. breast screening blunder has apparently not affected as many women as initially feared, according to a statement made this week by government officials. The latest estimate is that as many as 75 women may have died as a result of not being screened, compared with an initial estimate of as many as 270.