Abbreviated MRI Presented As Means To Improve Diagnosis Of Breast Cancer.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Medscape (11/30, Hein) reports on a study presented at an RSNA meeting arguing “abbreviated MRI protocols could dramatically improve the diagnosis of breast cancer and lead to the earlier diagnosis of a lot more women, especially those with fast-growing cancers.” Christiane Kuhl, MD, from University of Aachen in Germany, who presented, said that MRI is “by far the most accurate imaging method for diagnosis.” The study included “1,450 women with dense breast tissue who are at average risk for breast cancer.” Kuhl explains that while “a typical MRI study takes up to 40 minutes and generates several hundred images,” the abbreviated form “has a 3-minute magnet time and an abridged image interpretation time (about 30 seconds), generates only one precontrast and one postcontrast T1 weighted image set, and uses maximum-intensity projections to fuse the first postcontrast subtracted images into one single high-contrast image.”

Survey Finds Most Women Prefer Annual Breast Cancer Screening.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Aunt Minnie (11/21, Yee) reports that a survey of 731 women found that 71 percent preferred to have breast screening once a year, according to a study to be presented at RSNA 2017 in Chicago. The article says the frequency of screening has “been debated fiercely since 2009, when the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) changed its recommendation from annual screening to screening every two years beginning at age 50.” The American College of Radiology (ACR), for instance, recommends annual breast cancer screenings begin at age 40. Dr. Ghizlane Bouzghar from Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia said, “Women are much better educated about the value of screening mammography than they are given credit for” and “the USPSTF’s concerns about mammography’s ‘harms’ are somewhat paternalistic.” 

Risk-Based Mammographic Screening Would Delay Detection Of Many Breast Cancers Study Claims.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Radiology Business Journal (11/21, Walter) reports a new study claims that risk-based mammographic screening for breast cancer could delay detection and treatment of breast cancer in many cases. The study authors wrote, “We found that many screen-detected breast cancers occurred in women without family history or dense breast tissue.” Specifically, they said that “in 44 percent of patients, neither dense breast tissue nor family history of breast cancer was seen.” The findings were published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Most American Women Would Prefer To Get Mammogram Every Year Rather Than Every Two Years, Survey Indicates.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The HealthDay (11/21, Preidt) reports that a study indicates “most American women would prefer to get a mammogram to screen for breast cancer every year rather than every two years.” The survey of 731 women who were an average of 59 years old on average indicated “71 percent of the women said they’d prefer a screening mammogram every year.” Women “with a family history of breast cancer and a prior breast biopsy were more likely to be in favor of yearly screening.” The research is to be presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.

Overweight Women May Be More Likely To Have Larger Tumors At Time Of Diagnosis, Study Suggests.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Newsweek (11/20, Dovey) reports that a study “suggests that in addition to being at higher risk of developing breast cancer, overweight women are more likely to have larger tumors at the time of diagnosis.” The findings are to be presented at the Radiological Society of North America meeting.