MedPage Today (11/28, Susman) reports that research suggests “mammography should remain the primary diagnostic tool for detecting breast cancer in symptomatic male patients, and there was no added value to incorporating ultrasound as part of the initial exam.” The findings were presented at RSNA 2016. The researchers wrote, “The American College of Radiology [ACR] Appropriateness Criteria provide strong support for diagnostic mammography as the initial examination in the symptomatic male >25 years of age, but are less clear in the role of ultrasound in this clinical setting.”
Diagnostic Imaging (11/27) reports, “Automated volume breast ultrasound (AVBS) is equal in diagnostic accuracy to hand-held (HH) ultrasound, whether performed by a sonographer or mammography technologist,” researchers found. The findings of the 90-patient study were presented at the RSNA 2016 meeting.
MedPage Today (11/17, Bankhead) reports, “Younger patients with early breast cancer and those with low-risk ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) can qualify for accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI), according to an updated consensus statement from the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).” The updated guidance “identified patients ≥50 as ‘suitable’ for APBI, which received a ‘cautionary’ recommendation for women 40 to 49 who met all other elements of suitability.” The expert panel “that developed the statement found women younger than 40 unsuitable for APBI.”