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Breast Imaging

 

Women undergoing percutaneous breast biopsy experience less pain and discomfort when the procedure is guided by ultrasound than by stereotactic mammography with vacuum assistance, according to a Canadian study published online May 22 in European Radiology.

The emerging imaging technology called quantitative transmission (QT) ultrasound has shown its utility as an aid in distinguishing cysts from solid lesions in the breast, according to a study published online May 23 in Academic Radiology.

Breast lesions that physicians can’t feel by palpation are little match for fine-needle aspiration guided by ultrasound, although the procedure’s performance varies somewhat with the age of the patient and the BI-RADS category of the lesion.

Many practicing radiologists share the general public’s sense of befuddlement over state-level breast density legislation and its implications for patient care, at least in New England, according to a study published online May 8 in Academic Radiology.

PET/CT is superior to contrast-enhanced CT when it comes to predicting both progression-free and disease-specific survival in patients with metastatic breast cancer, according to a study published online May 1 in the European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.

 

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Ultrasound breast biopsy beats stereotactic counterpart on patient experience

Women undergoing percutaneous breast biopsy experience less pain and discomfort when the procedure is guided by ultrasound than by stereotactic mammography with vacuum assistance, according to a Canadian study published online May 22 in European Radiology.

Up-and-coming ultrasound technology shows prowess as mammography adjunct

The emerging imaging technology called quantitative transmission (QT) ultrasound has shown its utility as an aid in distinguishing cysts from solid lesions in the breast, according to a study published online May 23 in Academic Radiology.

Minimally invasive ultrasound-guided biopsy a fine diagnostic for nonpalpable breast lesions

Breast lesions that physicians can’t feel by palpation are little match for fine-needle aspiration guided by ultrasound, although the procedure’s performance varies somewhat with the age of the patient and the BI-RADS category of the lesion.

Regional survey underscores need for more radiologist education on breast density

Many practicing radiologists share the general public’s sense of befuddlement over state-level breast density legislation and its implications for patient care, at least in New England, according to a study published online May 8 in Academic Radiology.

PET/CT bests contrast CT at monitoring metastatic breast cancers

PET/CT is superior to contrast-enhanced CT when it comes to predicting both progression-free and disease-specific survival in patients with metastatic breast cancer, according to a study published online May 1 in the European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.

Nuke/CT recommended upon initial diagnosis of stage IIB breast cancer

Weill Cornell researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center are recommending the use of PET/CT with the radiotracer fludeoxyglucose (18F-FDG PET/CT) for many patients with newly diagnosed breast cancer.

Nebraska breast density bill signed into law

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts signed Legislative Bill 195 into law today making it the 32nd state to enact mandatory breast density reporting.

 
‘Controversial’ preoperative breast MRI more accurate than mammography/ultrasound for many patients

A third of breast-cancer patients undergoing preoperative mammography and ultrasound would be more accurately imaged for tumor size with breast MRI, according to a study published online April 13 in the Journal of Surgical Oncology. 

Automated breast ultrasound performs comparably to handheld

When women are recalled from screening mammography for additional imaging, they may soon be as likely to get scanned with automated ultrasound as with handheld, for European researchers have found similar performance between the two. 

Cancer-center rads show the value of re-reading community breast exams

Reinterpretation of community breast studies by a specialized cancer center yielded a change in interpretation in some 28 percent of studies submitted for a second opinion during a four-month period, according to findings published online March 16 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

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