Aunt Minnie (3/30, Yee) reports that magnetic resonance “is an effective breast cancer screening tool for women with a higher lifetime risk of the disease.” Availability of MR, however, “can be limited, and sociodemographic factors may play more of a role in access than women’s breast cancer risk factors,” the findings of a study published online March 22 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology suggest. Investigators discovered that “sociodemographic factors such as race were related to excess travel time to obtain breast screening MR exams, while breast cancer risk factors were not.”
The Wall Street Journal (3/24, Winslow, Subscription Publication) reports that research published in the JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging suggests mammography could possibly be used to spot heart risks in female patients.
Diagnostic Imaging (3/22) reports that research suggests “early MRI-based breast cancer screening of females treated with radiation therapy for childhood cancer can reduce breast cancer mortality in this patient group.” The findings were published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Aunt Minnie (3/16, Ridley) reports, “Image analytics software can be used to determine which women with breast cancers that are positive for the estrogen receptor (ER) need chemotherapy and which ones have nonaggressive cancers that only require hormonal treatment,” research suggests. In a study published online Feb. 18 in Scientific Reports, researchers “used an image analytics algorithm to analyze dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI) breast studies.” The study authors discovered that “it had an 85% correlation rate with an assay test that is typically used to categorize risk in these cancers.”