Danes find gridless mammography cuts radiation dose
July 3, 2018 -- Using gridless mammography acquisition results in a lower radiation dose for the patient, according to new research from Denmark. The study involving more than 70,000 women demonstrated that gridless mammography acquisition with software scatter correction is an alternative to grid-based acquisition in mammography.  Discuss
TOF-PET/MRI allows lower FDG dose for breast cases
June 18, 2018 -- Clinicians can reduce a standard dose of FDG by as much as 90% and still achieve clinically acceptable PET image quality in time-of-flight (TOF) PET/MRI scans for breast cancer, according to a Swiss study published online on 7 June in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
Radiographers: 'Yes, we can read chest x-rays'
June 15, 2018 -- The U.K. Society of Radiographers has refuted the suggestion that radiographers must not read chest x-rays and cannot conduct clinical image reporting to a standard equivalent to a senior radiologist. It's a "rather sad spectacle," according to its CEO Richard Evans.  Discuss
Tomosynthesis can work in breast assessment clinics
June 12, 2018 -- Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) has the potential to improve healthcare by increasing diagnostic accuracy and simplifying workup in breast cancer assessment clinics, so much so that assessment clinics have widely embraced the modality, a new study published in European Radiology found.  Discuss
English women fare worst in breast cancer survival
June 8, 2018 -- English women ages 70 and older are less likely to survive breast cancer than women of the same age in Belgium, Poland, the Republic of Ireland, and the Netherlands, according to research published online on 7 June in the British Journal of Cancer.  Discuss
DBT plus DM finds 90% more cancer than mammo alone
June 7, 2018 -- The combination of digital mammography (DM) plus digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) finds 90% more breast cancer than digital mammography alone -- and with a similar recall rate, according to a study published online on 5 June in Radiology.  Discuss
U.K. reduces tally of women affected by screening blunder
June 6, 2018 -- The U.K. breast screening blunder has apparently not affected as many women as initially feared, according to a statement made this week by government officials. The latest estimate is that as many as 75 women may have died as a result of not being screened, compared with an initial estimate of as many as 270.
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