Diagnostic Imaging (4/19) reports that research suggests “supplemental breast MRI is widely underutilized among women who may benefit from earlier cancer detection.” The findings were published in the Journal of Women’s Health.
Aunt Minnie (4/13, Yee) reports that according to a study published online April 9 in the American Journal of Roentgenology, “adding digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) to digital mammography improves breast cancer screening in women younger than 50, decreasing recalls and finding more cancers in those who have dense tissue.” The study findings “address the ongoing debate about whether screening mammography’s benefits outweigh its potential harms in younger women,” and offer support for its use in this population, the article says.
Aunt Minnie (4/13, Forrest) reports that “dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI) and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI-MRI) each have advantages and disadvantages for assessing suspicious breast lesions,” but the “optimal approach is multiparametric MRI (mpMRI) using both methods, according to a new study published online in Investigative Radiology.” The article says researchers led by Dr. Katja Pinker, PhD, from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Austria’s Medical University of Vienna, “evaluated the performance of DCE-MRI, DWI-MRI, and a combination of the two techniques as mpMRI in more than 100 patients,” and found that mpMRI was the most effective option “as it compensated for the deficiencies of each technique.”
The Radiology Business Journal (4/12, Walter) reports that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) “has signed the state’s breast density reporting legislation into law.” Healthcare providers who “perform mammography are now required to send a notice to patients when it is determined they have dense breast tissue.”
HealthImaging (4/11, Rohman) reports that contrast-enhanced spectral mammography (CESM) may be easier to implement into clinical workflow and as timely as diagnostic mammography, through decreasing equipment and patient setup times related to contrast administration, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.