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
DBT + mammo improves cancer detection, increases recalls
September 10, 2018 -- In a substudy of a large digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) trial, Italian researchers found screen reading using DBT with either acquired or synthesized 2D mammography generally improved breast cancer detection compared with 2D mammography alone but also increased false-positive recalls.  Discuss
Supine breast MRI more accurately sizes tumors
August 31, 2018 -- Performing breast MRI on patients in the supine position more accurately determines breast cancer tumor size than prone MRI, according to research from Finland. And because supine MRI demarcates and projects lesions on the skin in the same position used in surgery, it is likely to reduce the need for more operations.  Discuss
EUSOBI issues new guidance on breast ultrasound
August 24, 2018 -- The European Society of Breast Imaging (EUSOBI) has released a new set of guidelines for breast ultrasound. Among the key recommendations is that ultrasound alone is not sufficient for breast screening, despite the limitations of mammography  Discuss
New tool calculates breast cancer recurrence
August 24, 2018 -- London researchers have created a web-based calculator that can better predict the long-term risk of breast cancer returning in other areas of the body. The tool, Clinical Treatment Score post-5 years (CTS5), went live on 24 August.  Discuss
French mammography usage soars after national rollout
August 17, 2018 -- Once breast cancer screening went national in France, takeup of mammography rose by 12%, a study published online on 6 August revealed. The effects were particularly significant among women with less education and lower incomes, suggesting the program reduced socioeconomic disparities.  Discuss