Researchers and clinicians from Cooper University Hospital have been using spectral mammography on a daily basis since November 2012. A group of residents, fellows and faculty from Cooper published a review of techniques and practical applications of contrast-enhanced spectral mammography (CESM) in Academic Radiology.

Clinicians evaluating women with nondense breasts who are experiencing focal breast pain will find little to no value adding directed ultrasound to digital mammography when the latter is indicated due to screening scheduling. 

Clinicians treating young children for head trauma due to evident non-accidental injury can wisely and safely reduce radiation dose by ordering CT alone to check for both skull fractures and intracranial damage, according to a study published online Oct. 15 in Pediatric Radiology.

In a small yet important study at a large and influential hospital, 19 diagnostic radiologists were able to identify injuries suggestive of elder abuse. Only two of the participants had any prior training in this area, and all said they’d like to receive more.  

Over the years since the advent of widespread screening mammography, overdiagnosis and overtreatment have become accepted as unfortunate but tolerable collateral troubles. There’s no shortage of literature using mathematical modeling to suggest as much. Now comes a new analysis of hard data, published Oct. 13 in the New England Journal of Medicine, to quantify the problem.