Cochrane group again takes aim at breast screening
January 9, 2017 -- Continuing a campaign going back to at least 2000, researchers from the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Copenhagen take aim at screening mammography in a January 10 article in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The group claims that breast screening doesn't reduce the incidence of advanced tumors, and that one-third of tumors detected actually represent overdiagnosis.  Discuss
5 tips on how to read gynecologic images
January 6, 2017 -- A sound knowledge of clinical details, including tumor markers, is vital when interpreting gynecologic images, because this information enables the radiologist to make an accurate diagnosis, according to award-winning researchers from a top London teaching hospital.  Discuss
Top 10 AuntMinnieEurope stories for 2016
December 28, 2016 -- We're pleased to offer the top 10 stories of 2016 on AuntMinnieEurope.com. Based on our list, the single most important issue facing European radiologists was the ongoing debate over the safety of gadolinium-based contrast agents for MRI.  Discuss
Lancet: Add MRI to shed light on fetal brain abnormalities
December 14, 2016 -- If a 20-week fetal ultrasound scan reveals a potential brain abnormality, an MRI examination should be performed, U.K. researchers have recommended in an article published online by Lancet on 15 December.  Discuss
PET/MRI can advance uterine cervix cancer detection
December 13, 2016 -- PET/MRI is a valuable tool to accurately stage tumors of the uterine cervix and may serve as an alternative modality for a clinical workup prior to treatment, according to a German study presented at the recent RSNA 2016 meeting in Chicago.  Discuss
Phase-contrast imaging can cut mammogram dose
December 12, 2016 -- Optimized x-ray phase-contrast imaging could deliver comparable image quality to mammography, but at a much lower dose, a European research project has found. The technique was demonstrated using a synchrotron source, but is compatible with lab-based, polychromatic x-ray sources.  Discuss
Study: Reduce CT kV levels to lower breast dose in patients
December 7, 2016 -- Despite a short scan length and relatively small dose length product, contrast-monitoring scans can account for 27% of the overall breast dose accrued from a CT pulmonary angiography study, according to Irish researchers. A small tweak to the kilovoltage (kV) can significantly reduce radiation dose to the breast, they noted.  Discuss
Heindel considers pros and cons of breast screening
November 23, 2016 -- Dr. Walter Heindel helped to pioneer Germany's mammographic screening program. In 2005, his team was among the first to offer routine early detection of breast cancer. In this interview, he outlines the risks, opportunities, and future of the national program.  Discuss
How dense breasts can skew screening sensitivity
November 17, 2016 -- Separate out the densest breasts from the less dense breasts in mammography screening programs: That's the message of German researchers. They found screening program performance decreases in these women when compared with the other, less dense categories.  Discuss
Germany unveils results on breast MR contrast use
November 17, 2016 -- Intravenous gadoteric acid is a safe and effective contrast agent for use in MR mammography, researchers from Germany have found. The study in the European Journal of Radiology is refreshing because it focuses on daily practice conditions.  Discuss