ASCO: MRIs, Contrast-Enhanced Mammography Useful for Small Breast Tumors

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
The President of the Society of Breast Imaging, Elizabeth Morris, MD, FSBI, discussed the future of breast imaging and addressed the importance of MRI and contrast-enhanced digital mammography to detect small tumors or women in dense breasts during the American Society of Clinical Oncology/Radiological Society of North America joint session. 

Researchers Using New MRI Find Presence Of Particular Fatty Acids In Breast May Be Useful Indicator Of Cancer In Postmenopausal Women

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Aunt Minnie (6/7) reports that investigators “using a new MRI technique” called gradient-echo spectroscopic imaging “have found that the presence of particular fatty acids in the breast may be a useful indicator of cancer in postmenopausal women.” The researchers “found that postmenopausal women with invasive ductal carcinoma had a greater proportion of saturated fatty acids and a lower proportion of monounsaturated fatty acids in their breast tissue compared to postmenopausal women with benign breast tissue.” Additionally, “among women with benign lesions, postmenopausal women had higher polyunsaturated fatty acids and lower saturated fatty acids in their breasts than premenopausal women.” The findings were published online in Radiology. 

Combo of Screening Mammography, Supplemental 3D ABUS May Serve Women with Dense Breasts Better, Research Suggests

Thursday, June 2, 2016

HealthImaging (6/1, Pearson) reports, “Women with dense breasts are significantly better served when imaged with a combination of screening mammography and supplemental 3D automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) than when they’re imaged with screening mammography alone,” a study published in the June issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology suggests. The study found that the “combo catches significantly more cancers than its solo counterpart, and it does so without driving up recalls and false positives.” 

Prior False-Positive Mammograms May Not Keep Women From Complying With Screening Mammography Guidelines

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Aunt Minnie (6/1) reports that research indicates “prior false-positive mammograms do not keep women from complying with screening mammography guidelines.” The findings were published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.