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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

Ultrasound safely omitted in imaging workups of women with breast pain and normal density tissue

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. 

Hard numbers put to screening mammography overdiagnosis

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. 

New method of gauging metastatic risk may help ovarian-cancer patients avoid unnecessary chest CTs

Researchers in the U.S. and South Korea have collaborated to create and validate an evidence-based rule that can accurately predict which women with ovarian cancer are not at significant risk for metastases in the chest and abdomen—and thus not really in need of some guideline-recommended CT scans.

5 pointers for breast rads willing to learn from common mistakes

It’s not unusual for radiologists reviewing prior breast imaging exams to discover cancers that went missed the first time around. Such circumstances can and should provide a valuable learning opportunity, according to the authors of an article running in the November-December edition of Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology.

Do breast density reporting laws help keep women informed?

Breast density reporting laws now exist in 28 states, but do women in those states know what, exactly, it means if an exam reveals they have dense breasts? According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, a majority of women in states with such laws do not know specific details about breast density and what it can mean for a woman’s health if she has dense breasts. 

PET-guided breast cancer therapy targets specific hormones in individual patients

A new PET-guided method to monitoring tumor growth could help doctors identify the ways cancer avoids certain kinds of treatment. Researchers published the results of a trial studying this method in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.

 
More women getting screened for breast cancer as CMS’s shared-savings program matures

Crunching the data on screening mammography utilization in the wake of the establishment of Medicare’s Shared Savings Program, researchers at Johns Hopkins have found what they’re calling “small but significant” improvements: From 2012 to 2014, participating ACOs grew their screening volumes by a mean of 2.6 percent.

Breast density website reminds patients to dig deeper on internet searches

A website offering information about dense breasts, Dense Breast Info, wants women to be aware of their services, even though they aren’t always the first result in an internet search about breast density.

 
False-positive mammograms don’t send patients fleeing from future screenings

Women who receive false-positive mammograms may be disconcerted, aggravated or otherwise put off by the experience, but they don’t subsequently abandon screening mammography guidelines en masse, according to a study running in the September edition of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Second-look ultrasounds useful in young women at high risk for breast cancer

According to a new study published in the journal Clinical Radiology, targeted second-look ultrasounds and ultrasound-targeted biopsies are relatively cheap and useful for young women who are at high risk of breast cancer who have already undergone MRIs.

 

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