Aunt Minnie (3/5, Moan) reports that researchers presenting at ECR 2018 from the radiology department at Istituto di Candiolo-IRCCS-Fondazione Piemontese per la Ricerca sul Cancro Onlus in Candiolo, Italy unveiled “a new type of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) is giving the standard procedure a run for its money.” According to researchers, “field-of-view optimized and constrained undistorted single-shot (FOCUS) imaging can identify 85% of suspicious breast lesions.”
Aunt Minnie (3/3, Moan) reported that research indicates “mammography and ultrasound underestimate 30% of disease in patients with invasive ductal carcinoma.” Meanwhile, “MRI overestimates the extent of disease, but at least no cancer is left behind.” The findings were presented at ECR 2018.
The Radiology Business Journal (3/1, Slachta) reports that a pair of clinicians are questioning whether curved paddles designed to give more comfortable mammograms may compromise image quality. Authors Rebecca M. Marsh, PhD, and Michael S. Silosky, MS, wrote in a paper published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, “Although the patient experience is clearly an important concern, it should be recognized that adopting this approach may place the quality of the care at risk.” The clinicians discussed their experience of adding curved mammography paddles and added, “Although popular media and vendor marketing may have a significant effect on patient expectations, the radiology community cannot allow the importance of patient satisfaction survey scores to supersede image quality or safety.”
Healio (3/1, Miller) reports that research indicated “more than 80% of breast cancer screening MRIs conducted between 2007 and 2014 occurred in women who did not meet the professional guidelines for these screenings.” The findings were published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Healio points out that several groups, including the “American College of Radiology...recommend screening MRIs for women who have a 20% or higher risk for breast cancer, according to the researchers.”
The Deseret (UT) News (3/1) reports that the Utah Senate unanimously passed a bill that requires a warning from healthcare providers to women with dense breast tissue that mammograms may not detect their cancer. The bill requires that a statement be included with a woman’s mammogram results to inform her that dense breast tissue “can make it more difficult to fully and accurately evaluate your mammogram and detect early signs of cancer in the breast.”