Women's Imaging

Breast-cancer patients can learn how to hold their breath for more than five minutes in order to receive radiation therapy while motionless, which can lead to shorter treatments, lower overall doses, better tumor targeting and less destruction of healthy tissue.

Consuming high amounts of saturated fat or low amounts of mono- and polyunsaturated fats as an adolescent is associated with higher breast density in young adulthood.

In the U.K., two film readers evaluate mammograms for signs of cancer independent of one another. According to a recent study published by JAMA, changing the order in which the two readers examine a batch of mammograms did not result in reduced breast cancer detection rates. 

It’s been a busy week in the world of breast cancer screening research, with study results increasing our collective understanding of how best to use certain screening modalities and imaging protocols, as well as newly enacted legislation at the state level requiring women to be notified of potential risks related to dense breast tissues.

Approximately half of all women may benefit from mammograms beginning at age 40, according to results of a study recently presented at the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBS) annual meeting.

A review of existing research regarding missed breast cancers reveals seven key points for radiologists to remember when interpreting mammography studies.

Determining how best to limit breast cancer overdiagnosis and overtreatment is not only an important and necessary goal, it’s also an adventure in medical science, according to a recent article published online March 23 in Academic Radiology.

Ultrasound is fine for flagging pregnant women who may be at risk of delivering their babies prematurely, but diffusion-weighted MRI can do better, accurately capturing subtle biomarkers of impending spontaneous delivery in asymptomatic women.

Adjunct ultrasound has gone up against adjunct tomosynthesis and come out on top, the former beating the latter at incremental breast-cancer detection in women with dense breasts while avoiding recalls for false positives at a similar clip, according to a study published online March 9 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. 

Once inside a pregnant woman’s bloodstream, the Zika virus appears capable of afflicting her developing baby not just with micocephaly, as feared and widely speculated, but also with other congenital abnormalities and harsh effects, including injury to the central nervous system and death, according to a study published online March 4 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The increased utilization of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) represents a dramatic shift in the quality and accuracy of breast imaging and will continue to revolutionize breast cancer screening efforts in the future, according to a recent editorial published in JAMA Oncology.

An analysis of more than half a million breast-cancer screenings complemented by a long follow-up period has buttressed the theory that women with false-positive results at mammography are at increased risk of later developing breast cancer.