Women's Imaging

Sand Lake Imaging in Orlando, Florida and Shepherd’s Hope, a nonprofit in the area, have partnered to provide free mammograms for uninsured women—their sixth year doing so, according to ClickOrlando.com.

Many breast cancer patients opt for mastectomy believing they won’t require future imaging or biopsy. New research published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology found that is not always the case.

Synthetic mammogram paired with digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) achieved similar sensitivity and specificity as full-field digital mammography (FFDM) in identifying microcalcifications during breast screening, according to an Oct. 2 study in Radiology.

Diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) could help differentiate between benign and malignant tumors and predict tumor recurrence in breast cancer patients, according to research published Oct. 4 in Academic Radiology. The authors noted that DWI may also serve as a beneficial supplement to contrast-enhanced breast MRI.

Researchers found undergoing MRI scans every six months better detected early breast cancer in young women with a high genetic risk for the disease compared to mammograms.

Authors of recently published Danish-Norwegian research found a steady decline in breast cancer mortality during the 23-year study period. They determined the drop was due to advances in treatment rather than the region’s screening program, according to research published in the International Journal of Cancer.

Breast density laws have been on the books since 2009, with states increasingly joining the upward trend. But new research surveying more than 1,000 women found many remain confused and misinformed about such legislation.

Advanced imaging techniques have shown great potential in improving diagnosis and treatment of various conditions. But a recent study of patients undergoing breast augmentation surgery showed 3D image simulation did not improve satisfaction post-procedure, though most patients preferred the use of the imaging technique.

A new study funded by the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute in Virginia found that dense breast notification policies were associated with an increase in follow-up ultrasound.

The lack of female leadership in radiology could be countered with a "paradigm shift," wrote Carolyn Meltzer, MD, in her most recent editorial published in the Journal of American College of Radiology. She calls for more skill building, sponsorships and leadership support for women.

The FDA recently approved an amendment to the 2016 Alternative Standard No. 24 to the “Quality control tests–other modalities” requirement allowing the American College of Radiology (ACR) to fold digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) into its 2016 Digital Mammography Quality Control Manual.

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee may further delay implementation of the 2009 U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) breast cancer screening recommendations another year with draft legislation approved July 12.