Breast cancer overdiagnosis varies based on study design
April 26, 2018 -- Overdiagnosis underpins much of the controversy surrounding breast cancer screening, yet a new multinational study published in the International Journal of Cancer demonstrates overdiagnosis estimates vary widely based upon study design.  Discuss
Can deep learning power mammography CAD to new heights?
April 24, 2018 -- Computer-aided detection (CAD) software based on a deep-learning algorithm can accurately detect as well as characterize lesions on mammography studies, Hungarian researchers have reported in an article recently published online by Scientific Reports.  Discuss
Uterine model advances ultrasound technology
April 20, 2018 -- The lack of tools for quantitative analysis limits understanding of uterine contractions outside of pregnancy. In recent years, several ultrasound methods based on speckle tracking have gained attention for assessing these contractions, but the methods are still in the developmental phase.  Discuss
Large U.K. study gets specific on breast ultrasound
April 17, 2018 -- Extended ipsilateral breast ultrasound can detect a significant number of extra cancers compared with the standard screening protocol alone, U.K. researchers of an extensive study have revealed. Less effect was demonstrated for complete contralateral breast ultrasound, they added.  Discuss
Multiparametric MRI shines for suspected breast cancer
April 16, 2018 -- Dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI and diffusion-weighted imaging each have advantages and disadvantages for assessing suspicious breast lesions. The optimal approach is multiparametric MRI using both methods, according to a new study published online in Investigative Radiology.  Discuss
Hyperechogenic breast lesions: Not so benign
April 13, 2018 -- Hyperechogenic breast lesions are rare and described as generally benign. That being the case, these lesions are often overlooked and a biopsy is not recommended. But is that wise? New research suggests it is not the ideal approach.  Discuss
DBT only slightly more expensive than digital mammo
March 30, 2018 -- Is breast cancer screening with synthesized 2D digital mammography and digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) much more expensive than conventional mammography? No, according to Italian researchers who presented their findings at ECR 2018. DBT costs only 20% more, and it detects 40% more cancers.  Discuss
Growth in breast tumor size may reflect screening drop
March 23, 2018 -- The average size of breast tumors has increased significantly since 2001, and this may reflect declining screening rates, researchers reported at the European Breast Cancer Conference in Barcelona, Spain. The finding is in stark contrast to the 1980s and 1990s, when the average size of tumors decreased dramatically.  Discuss
Swiss claim drop in breast cancer not due to mammography
March 21, 2018 -- Breast cancer mortality dropped strongly from the 1990s onward in Switzerland, but is the decline due to mammography screening programs? The authors of a new study published on 14 March in BMJ Open say that's possible, but it could also be due to other factors such as advances in treatment.  Discuss
PET/MRI, PET/CT can add to initial breast cancer staging
March 20, 2018 -- Both PET/MRI and PET/CT perform admirably in the initial staging of breast cancer patients, but there are subtle nuances between the hybrid modalities of which clinicians should be aware, according to a Swiss study presented earlier this month at ECR 2018 in Vienna.  Discuss