Study Examines if Access to FFDM Priors May Affect DBT Interpretation

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Aunt Minnie (3/26, Yee) reports that a study published online March 13 in the journal Radiology asks if “having access to full-field digital mammography (FFDM) priors improve radiologists’ interpretation of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) images.” Researchers found that “the availability of prior” full-field digital mammography (FFDM) and digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) “images are each largely independent contributing factors in reducing recall recommendations during mammographic interpretation.” Should priors be “unavailable, DBT images alone are as good as – if not better than – the combination of current and prior FFDM images in terms of improving a radiologist’s sensitivity,” the study found. 

Study: Ultrasound Outperforms MRI, Digital Mammo for Assessing Breast Tumor Size Preoperatively

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Aunt Minnie (3/25, Ridley) reports that research presented yesterday at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine meeting suggests that “regardless of breast density, ultrasound outperformed MRI and digital mammography for preoperatively assessing breast tumor size.” In the 93-patient retrospective study, researchers “found that both ultrasound and mammography yielded better performance than MRI, which significantly overestimated tumor sizes. However, ultrasound was the highest overall performer.” 

Harnessing the Power of Social Media May Help Breast Centers Education, Inform Women

Monday, March 23, 2015
Aunt Minnie (3/23, Yee) reports that at the recent National Consortium of Breast Centers meeting, surgeon Dr. Jay Harness of St. Joseph Hospital’s Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment in Orange, CA gave a presentation emphasizing the fact that “breast centers have a unique opportunity to educate and inform women in their communities” by harnessing the power of social media and embedding new video content. Dr. Harness said, “Videos expand your center’s reach beyond your homepage, because patients and their families share them like crazy.” 

Evolution Of Breast Imaging Has Made Mammography Technologists More Than Just “Button Pushers”

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Aunt Minnie (3/17, Yee) reports that a presentation given yesterday at the National Consortium of Breast Centers meeting suggests that “the evolution of breast imaging has made mammography technologists much more than just ‘button pushers,’ with their role evolving to include not only more patient interaction but also more education and training.” For that reason, “mammographic technologists need to step up their game, said presenter Terry Bucknall, director of women’s imaging services at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital’s Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center in Valencia, CA.” Bucknall’s presentation provided five ways how mammography technologists can “thrive in this new environment.” 

Wide Variation Exists In Technical Execution Of Scans And Compression Forces Used During Mammography

Friday, March 6, 2015
HealthImaging (3/6, Godt) reports that “breast compression, while uncomfortable for some women, is a necessary component of mammography.” Research published in the European Journal of Radiology “has shown that, because of a lack of consistent guidelines, a wide variation exists in the technical execution of scans and the compression forces used.” The investigators “suggested standardization that measures pressure rather than force could improve patient care.”