Women's Imaging

“In a scenario where double reading at screening mammography is not available…we believe that the use of this model as a second reader could be beneficial,” wrote researchers in a new study published by Radiology.

Proponents of risk-based mammography screening claim the method successfully emphasizes its benefits and minimizes its harms, but new research has found it may not be as effective as age-based screening.

Mammography clinics are getting creative these days in an effort  to make breast screening a little more appealing. Massage chairs and goody bags are only a few of the ways imaging providers are trying to make the experience more positive.

Adding MRI to mammography screening for breast cancer detects more cancers, but results in more unnecessary biopsies, according to a June 4 study published in Radiology.

“To our knowledge, this is the first study analyzing the influence of reading volume on reading performance in a screening program that uses independent double reading of digital mammograms with consensus,” wrote authors of a new study published in Radiology.

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.