Women's Imaging

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.

Evelina London Children's Hospital in the U.K. recently invested in three ultrasound scanners that can detect heart defects and other abnormalities in fetuses as early as 12 weeks old, according to an article published July 13 by The Standard.

"The inclusion of women in defined hormonal states in dosimetry studies and recommending that both clinical and research nuclear medicine procedure on young women be performed in the least susceptible phase of the menstrual cycle could improve the safety and the diagnostic accuracy of nuclear medicine procedures in women," wrote Anat Biegon, PhD, in a recent Radiology editorial

A woman in Traverse City, Michigan, recently opened Precious Moments HD Ultrasound Studio, an elective ultrasound business that sells non-diagnostic images to expectant mothers, according to a July 11 article by the Record Eagle.

A recent Chicago Tribune article, citing a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign study, found segregation increased black women's rates of late-stage breast cancer diagnoses and doubled odds of death.

Not offering breast cancer screening to low-risk women and implementing risk-stratified breast screening programs may improve the cost-effectiveness of screening programs and reduce overdiagnosis, according to research published July 5 in JAMA Oncology.

University of Kansas (KU) Cancer Center researchers have launched a clinical trial eliminating radiation therapy from treatment for the invasive type of breast cancer that affects nearly a fifth of all breast cancer patients, according to a KU news release.

A large study utilizing automated mammography revealed a higher cancer rate in women with dense breast tissue compared to those with less-dense breasts, according to recent research published in Radiology