DBT Combined With FFDM May Improve Breast Cancer Detection

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Health Imaging reports that according to a study published in the September issue of the journal Academy Radiology, “combining digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) with full field digital mammography (FFDM) cut recall rates by 35 percent and dramatically improved breast cancer detection.” The study revealed that “the rate of invasive breast cancer detection was 66 percent higher when using DBT together with FFDM than when using only FFDM.” 

MRI Effective At Finding Second Cancers In Women Who Undergo Breast Conservation Therapy

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Aunt Minnie reports that according to a study published in the August issue of the journal Radiology, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) appears to be the “most effective” modality for tracking women who have undergone breast conservation therapy as a result of breast cancer. The 607-patient study found that “using MRI to track these women detected 18 more cancers per 1,000 women than using mammography or ultrasound – even in women with dense breast tissue.” 

Breast Cancer Screening Said To Present “Legal Minefield For Providers”

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Health Imaging reports that “breast cancer screening presents a legal minefield for providers, and breast density notification laws are set to add another wrinkle to the already complex situation, according to a presentation at the annual meeting of AHRA.” The piece notes that “one of the issues is a misconception among the public about what mammography screening can actually accomplish,” according to Bonnie Rush, RT, president of Breast Imaging Specialists in San Diego. 

Women With Inflammatory Breast Cancer Often Fail To Receive Full Treatment

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
The Houston Chronicle reports that a study conducted at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston found that “many” women with inflammatory breast cancer “don’t receive the full treatment most likely to beat the disease.” The result is attributed to “doctors’ ignorance.” The recognized treatment is “chemotherapy, surgery and radiation,” but the particular type of cancer is “typically unrecognized by patients and often misdiagnosed by doctors.” Researchers concluded that women with inflammatory breast cancer should be “treated at a large cancer center.” The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology in July. 

Letter: Senator John Mulroe says 3-D mammogram is a valuable screening tool

Thursday, August 7, 2014

In the letter, Senator John Mulroe says, "While Dr. Welch raises some debatable points, I believe more credence should be given to the facts from the recent groundbreaking Journal of the American Medical Association study on 3D mammograms. It showed that 3-D mammograms find 41 percent more invasive cancers — those are the lethal ones we need to find early — than traditional mammograms alone."