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A new study published in the January issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine has shown that a 3D Doppler ultrasound can more accurately determine altered fetal growth restriction (FGR) in fetuses vulnerable to developing abnormal cerebral vascular flow patterns than a standard 2D Doppler ultrasound.  

Breast cancer mortality rates in the U.S. have decreased by roughly 50 percent from 2000 to 2012, according to a new stimulation modeling study released online Jan. 9 by JAMA.

A Children’s National Health System team has found velocity-selective arterial spin labeling (VSASL), an advanced MRI technology, can detect early signs of global placental perfusion in pregnancies complicated by fetal congenital heart disease (CHD).

The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) developed a task force to develop a standardized consensus-based curriculum and competency assessment tools for OB-GYN ultrasounds, with the aim they would be used in residency programs.

Researchers, investigating how community practices are following breast cancer screening guidelines, found that high-risk individuals, especially those with a family history of the disease, were not receiving additional MRI scans to help in early detection.

 

Recent Headlines

RSNA 2017: Alternative approach to mammography shows promise

Dense breast tissue presents problems for detecting cancer—often leading to additional screenings after negative or questionable mammograms. But at RSNA 2017 in Chicago, a research team discussed abbreviated breast MRI (AB-MR), a new method to screen asymptomatic women with dense breasts.

RSNA 2017: Breast tumors may be more difficult to detect in overweight women

Being overweight is associated with a host of deleterious effects for an individual’s health, including increased risk for hypertension, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Now, research presented Nov. 27 at RSNA 2017 connected difficulties in detecting breast cancer in women with higher body mass indexes (BMI).  

PET/CT with new agent proves safe, successful in targeted breast imaging

HER2-positive breast-cancer patients are safely and effectively imaged with PET/CT after being infused with a solution based on the radiotracer pertuzumab, according to a study published online Nov. 16 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.

MRI technique beats breast ultrasound at supplemental screening

Diffusion-weighted MRI (DWI) may soon command broader consideration than it’s been getting as a supplemental breast-screening tool. The modality not only finds many breast cancers that don’t show up on mammograms but also outperformed supplemental breast ultrasound in a study published online Oct. 28 in Clinical Imaging.

FDA: Thermography is not an alternative to mammography

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Oct. 27 reminder that thermography is not an acceptable substitute for mammography.

Latinas tend to prefer fixed-site over mobile mammography—but many come around with education, experience

Screening mammography providers “on wheels” planning to serve medically underserved Latino communities would do well to first communicate with each community on perceptions of such services and, where needed, to offer education prior to rolling in.

Dense-breast patients nearly 10 times more likely to pursue ABUS after 2-part notification

Following screening mammography that turns up nothing, women with dense breast tissue are much more likely to pursue additional imaging with automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) when two things happen: their radiologists inform them of their tissue density and encourage them to consider the secondary exam because of it.

Research aims to improve mammography quality, control dosing

Image quality in mammography, thanks to concerns about radiation dose, faces a Goldilocks problem—where radiologists want to get the best image possible, while also minimizing risk to the patient. 

A promising trend: Women carving out larger share of radiology workforce

Radiology remains a field primarily populated by men, but new research hints that the gender gap in diversity may be closing.

Is a lack of personalization keeping women from mammograms?

Recent Swedish-based research examined the reasoning behind women refraining from mammography screenings.

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