Swedish trial shows DBT detects more breast cancer
October 18, 2018 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) with a single view detects over a third more (34%) of breast cancers than traditional mammography, a large Swedish study published on 12 October in Lancet Oncology has found. In addition, most of the breast cancers are invasive cancers.  Discuss
Italians find DBT + ABVS compares well with MRI
October 10, 2018 -- Italian researchers found that the combination of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) and ultrasound automated breast volume scanning (ABVS) measured up well against breast MRI for staging breast cancer. The findings were published in the October issue of the European Journal of Radiology.  Discuss
Kuhl renews support for abbreviated breast MRI
October 9, 2018 -- Abbreviated breast MRI could be a viable alternative for population-wide screening if combined with dedicated MRI systems optimized for breast imaging and ones that ensure fast patient throughput, according to Dr. Christiane Kuhl.  Discuss
Dedicated breast PET falls short for BI-RADS 4 lesions
October 9, 2018 -- Spanish researchers testing a dedicated breast PET scanner found it had a high false-negative rate for detecting in situ carcinomas in women with BI-RADS 4 lesions. The finding raises questions about the suitability of the system for working up suspicious breast lesions, according to a 3 October study.
Breast MRI can identify lactating women's cancer
October 2, 2018 -- A woman presents with pregnancy-associated breast cancer: How do you image her? Despite high background parenchymal enhancement, MRI is appropriate and accurately spots satellite lesions, according to researchers from Tübingen, Germany. Breast MRI expert Dr. Christiane Kuhl is convinced the study has merit.  Discuss
Self-compression boosts women's mammography compliance
September 21, 2018 -- Allowing women some measure of control over breast compression at mammography doesn't reduce image quality or increase radiation dose -- and it may, in fact, encourage them to return for needed breast imaging, according to a French study published online on 14 September in the European Journal of Cancer.  Discuss
Breast screening critics Gotzsche, Welch lose positions
September 17, 2018 -- Last week was a bad one for opponents of breast cancer screening. On Saturday, prominent screening opponent Dr. Peter Gøtzsche was booted from the governing board of the Cochrane just days after screening skeptic Dr. H. Gilbert Welch resigned from Dartmouth College over plagiarism allegations.  Discuss
DBT: Longer reading time, lower breast cancer recall rate
September 14, 2018 -- Interim analysis of a randomized controlled trial on digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) showed the modality took longer to read than digital mammography but had significantly lower recall rates. The Norwegian researchers also found no differences in radiation dose between the two techniques, thanks to the use of synthesized DBT images.  Discuss
NHS: Scottish women not invited to final breast screening
September 14, 2018 -- The National Health Service (NHS) Scotland is contacting nearly 1,800 women following revelations that they did not receive invitations to their final round of breast screening.  Discuss
Study rejects mammography's role in reducing mortality
September 13, 2018 -- The findings of a new Danish-Norwegian study are reviving the claim that the recent drop in breast cancer mortality is not due to mammography screening but rather the result of improved treatment. The authors assert it's time to consider alternatives to mammography screening -- such as breast palpation by physicians.  Discuss