Follow-Up Imaging For Women With Non-Metastatic Breast Cancer Varies Widely Across US, Study Suggests.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Aunt Minnie (7/13, Yee) reported researchers found that “follow-up imaging for women with nonmetastatic breast cancer varies widely across the U.S., with some women going without annual mammography postdiagnosis and others getting too much imaging via full-body scans, according to a study” published in the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. The article reported that “the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) recommend that women with nonmetastatic breast cancer undergo annual physical exams and mammograms but not full-body imaging with CT, MRI, PET, or bone scans.” HealthImaging (7/13, Rohman) and the Radiology Business Journal (7/13, Slachta) also covered the story.

Early Breast Cancer Screening Leads To Less-Extensive Treatment, Study Indicates.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Aunt Minnie (7/12, Yee) reports, “Regular breast cancer screening with mammography for younger women translates into a lower stage at breast cancer diagnosis and less-extensive treatment,” according to a study published online in the Annals of Surgical Oncology. The findings “once again support a breast cancer screening approach that includes younger women,” even amid disagreement over the value of screening in this population, the article says.

New CAD System Outperforms Current Deep Learning Methods In Analysis Of Tumors From Digital Mammograms, Study Says.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

HealthImaging (7/11, Rohman) reports researchers developed “an integrated computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) system” that can “outperform current conventional deep learning methodologies used by radiologists to detect, segment and classify tumors from digital x-ray mammograms.” The findings were published in the International Journal of Medical Informatics.

Mammography Screening Should Consider Radiation Risk, Study Suggests.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Aunt Minnie (7/11, Yee) reports that according to a study published in the August issue of Radiography, “a woman’s risk of radiation-induced cancer from regular screening mammography should be taken into consideration when assessing the performance of breast cancer screening programs.” Researchers wrote, “The total effective risk should be considered for use as an additional parameter for the assessment of screening mammography program performance, especially for those programs which recommend an early onset and more frequent screening mammography.”

Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound May Improve Detection And Diagnosis Of Breast Lesions, Study Suggests.

Monday, July 9, 2018

The Radiology Business Journal (7/9, Slachta) reports researchers found that “adding contrast-enhanced ultrasound (US) to traditional US could promote better, more sensitive detection and diagnosis of breast lesions.” The findings were published in Clinical Radiology. The study’s authors said that the American College of Radiology’s Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) “has standardized the treatment process and improved the diagnosis efficiency of breast lesions worldwide. However, the low specificity troubles clinicians.”