Why did the U.K. breast screening glitch go undetected?
May 30, 2018 -- Could the U.K. National Health Service have detected sooner the fact that nearly 500,000 women were not invited to their final round of mammography in the country's national breast screening program? The authors of a new correspondence article published on 24 May in the Lancet suggest that it might have.  Discuss
Breast screening rates fall sharply in Switzerland
May 29, 2018 -- Breast cancer screening attendance in Switzerland has hit a new low, despite expanding regional mammography screening programs. Several breast radiologists have blamed antiscreening information and the debate surrounding the pros and cons of breast cancer screening.  Discuss
Could legal liability sink breast screening in Ireland?
May 25, 2018 -- The prospect of growing legal costs in the Republic of Ireland's national breast screening program could threaten the ongoing viability of the service. The director of the program told news media on 24 May that she has received an increasing number of letters from lawyers representing women whose cancers may have been missed.  Discuss
Research spotlights breast screening shortfall in Iran
May 22, 2018 -- New research has shown that the number of women undergoing mammography screening in Iran is far from satisfactory. While breast screening can save lives, the study has highlighted significant gaps in the country's screening strategy for safeguarding its target population.  Discuss
German trial to test synthesized 2D DBT images
May 18, 2018 -- German researchers are starting a clinical trial to test digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) plus synthesized 2D mammography images versus standard full-field digital mammography for breast screening, according to a BMJ Open article published on 14 May.  Discuss
Elastography highlights malignant breast lesions
May 18, 2018 -- Shear-wave elastography differentiates malignant from benign breast lesions with high accuracy and a very high negative predictive value, according to Israeli researchers. In addition, the technique is not affected by the immediate density of the tissues surrounding the lesion or the depth of the lesion.  Discuss
DBT + synthesized 2D mammography hikes cancer detection
May 11, 2018 -- Using digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) with synthesized 2D mammography increases cancer detection and reduces recall rates when compared with standard digital mammography alone, based on interim clinical trial results from Italy.  Discuss
Open MRI proves viable to evaluate placenta
May 10, 2018 -- MRI of the placenta is feasible in a 1-tesla open MRI scanner, and the technology can be valuable for surgical planning and safe maternal and fetal management in complex cases, according to Greek researchers.  Discuss
Tabár urges U.K. to take new look at breast screening
May 9, 2018 -- As the fallout continues from the announcement last week of a major computer glitch in the U.K. national mammography program, screening pioneer Dr. László Tabár has entered the debate by calling for a re-evaluation of how the entire service is organized.  Discuss
Mammo skeptics seize on U.K. screening debacle
May 8, 2018 -- Skeptics of routine breast screening have seized on the recent computer glitch in the U.K.'s national mammography program to renew their calls that breast screening should be abolished.  Discuss