Women's Imaging

On February 15 of this year, Congress passed national breast density legislation, which mandates all mammography reports and summaries notify women of their breast density. A trio of researchers discussed whether the law will help or confuse patients in a recent JAMA commentary.

Targeted breast ultrasound should be the first-line imaging test in patients with palpable lumps after mastectomy. Mammography can help confirm suspected cases, but did not find any additional cancers.

“Our findings show that radiotherapy is still highly effective in significantly improving local control and disease-free survival in combination with anti-hormones, compared to anti-hormones alone,” said Gerd Fastner, MD, during a presentation at the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) 38 conference in Milan, Italy.

Switching both low-and high-income women from affordable to high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) resulted in lengthy delays in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, reported authors of a large study published in Health Affairs.

Combining digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) with digital mammography (DM) can spot additional lesions in patients with breast cancer, reported authors of a recent study published in Radiology. However, the combined method did have limitations.

International researchers have created a new ultrasound probe capable of delivering more precise treatment to women with gynecological cancers, reported authors of a feasibility study published in the Journal of Medical Imaging.

The American College of Physicians (ACP) now recommends women undergo mammography every other year, beginning at age 50. The new guidelines have drawn criticism from the American College of Radiology and Society of Breast Imaging.

In women 65 and older, digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) achieved a higher specificity for detecting breast cancer and identified the disease at an earlier stage compared to traditional 2D mammography.

The FDA announced Wednesday, March 27, that it is taking action to “modernize” breast cancer screening in the United States by amending the Mammography Quality Standards Act of 1992 with a new proposed rule.

Dense breast notification (DBN) laws that require recommending supplemental tests and cancer diagnosis after screening mammography boosted ultrasound use and cancer detection rates in a recent study of more than 1 million women across the U.S.

Using resting-state functional MRI (fMRI) to image the brains of human fetuses in utero, researchers have confirmed that functional connectivity differs between the sexes from very early on in neurodevelopment.

Compared to using standard or full-field digital mammography (FFDM), administering mammograms with digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) reduces the risk of benign biopsies while maintaining a favorable cancer detection rate, according to research out of the U.K.