The Radiology Business Journal (7/13, Slachta) reported researchers found “the addition of shear-wave elastography to conventional breast ultrasound improves the characterization of low-suspicion masses.” The findings were published in Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”