Oncology Imaging

Despite the best current recommendations advocating women avoid mammograms before elective breast surgery, a large number of women still undergo pre-surgical screening, reported authors of a study published in JAMA Surgery. The unnecessary imaging may drive up healthcare costs and lead to unneeded tests.

A pair of specialists recently took on the topic of the word "cancer" in a Jan. 23 viewpoint published in The BMJ, arguing that changing the terminology could ease patient anxiety or create more fear.

A team of national researchers has identified a set of multiparametric MRI-based guidelines and clinical features which can help clinicians easier determine a patient’s risk that their prostate cancer will spread, according to a Jan. 22 study published in Radiology.

A free lung cancer screening program using National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines detected more cancers and ultimately generated profit for the institution conducting the screenings, according to a single-center study published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

The Vancouver risk calculator (VRC) offers superior guidance for predicting the risk of malignancy in patients receiving CT lung cancer screening compared to the American College of Radiology Lung Imaging Reporting and Data System (Lung-RADS), according to a new study.

Implementing three-dimensional (3D) digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) with standard digital mammography (DM) can reduce the number of patients committed to short-term follow-up screening, according to research published online Jan. 19 in Academic Radiology.

Pairing breast MRI with a test that characterizes breast cancer genes can lead to a more personalized treatment approach for patients with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), reported authors of a recent study published in JAMA Oncology.

Stationary digital breast tomosynthesis (sDBT) improved radiologists’ accuracy in detecting malignancies and was favored over mammography, reported authors of a Jan. 16 study published in Academic Radiology.

Spectral CT with iodine mapping helps differentiate benign pleural metastatic tumors from cancerous lesions, reported authors of a Radiology study. The iodine overlays particularly helped less-experienced radiologists.

Compared to microwave ablation (MWA), radiofrequency ablation (RFA) achieved better overall survival rates (OS) in lung cancer patients, according to a recent study conducted in China. Both were found to be effective and safe treatment methods.

A new article published in Radiology explores the barriers patients face in undergoing lung cancer screening (LCS), and more importantly, what radiologists can do to encourage their participation.

Overall cancer deaths in the United States have steadily declined by 27 percent over the past quarter century, according to a new review from the American Cancer Society (ACS).