Increased Breast Density May Improve Radiologists’ Visual Search Process

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
According to a study published in the November issue of the journal Academic Radiology, “increased breast density of a patient seemed to improve the visual search process of experienced radiologists in locating lesions on digital mammography.” Researchers “found for low-density cases, radiologists took about 2.28 seconds to first fixate the lesion when it was overlying the dense area and 8.44 seconds when it was outside,” whereas “for the high-density cases, radiologists took a median time of 7.96 seconds to first fixate the lesion when it was overlying the dense tissue and 12.63 seconds when it was outside.” 

Money Magazine endorses annual screening mammography starting at age forty

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology, the Society of Breast Imaging and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists still recommend getting your first mammogram, an X-ray of your breasts, at 40.

Pan-Canadian Study of Mammography Screening and Mortality from Breast Cancer

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Pan-Canadian Study of Mammography Screening and Mortality from Breast Cancer
A Pan Canadian study involving more than 2.7 million women showed a reduction in breast cancer mortality for the screened population. An analysis of 7 out of 12 Canadian screening trials which represented 85% of the population demonstrated a 40% reduction in breast cancer mortality. This study contradicts the paper which reported the 25 year results of the Canadian National Breast Screening Study which followed nearly 90,000 women and no mortality reduction was found.

Mammography Saves Lives® Initiative Still Going Strong

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month (Oct.) and year round, the Mammography Saves Lives® (MSL) public service campaign continues to separate breast cancer fact from fiction and clear confusion over when women should be screened.

FDA Scientists Investigating How 3-D Imaging Can Transform Medical Screening Devices

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
The Washington Post reports that scientists at the Food and Drug Administration are “investigating how 3-D imaging — the technology used to create more realistic animations in video games and movies — could transform medical screening devices.” In particular, researchers “are focused on early breast cancer detection; in a process known as tomosynthesis, new screening machines take low-dose X-rays from various angles, overlaying them to produce a 3-D rendering of a patient’s breast.” The Post explains, “Traditional mammograms create a 2-D image, and cannot show cancers hidden by overlapping tissue, according to the FDA, which last week released a consumer update (10/6) on the new technology to coincide with the start of Breast Cancer Awareness month.”