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It can be challenging to find a brief, current review on cutting edge topics. Here we provide "white papers," which are brief overviews on current topics written by Society members who are experts in these areas. The topics of the white papers will vary over time depending upon what is new, evolving, or of current interest. All papers have undergone review by the SBI Scientific Advisory Committee and approved by the SBI Board of Directors. We hope that you will find these helpful.

Unless otherwise stated, the content of the white papers reflects the perspective of the authors and not necessarily the position of the Society of Breast Imaging.


Breast Cancer Overdiagnosis: A New Estimate in NEJM

"This has been a pattern at the NEJM for years, where they publish papers regarding breast cancer screening that have major scientific flaws," said Daniel Kopans, MD, a professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, who was asked for comment. Dr Kopans focused on one of the study's assumptions ― that the underlying burden of clinically meaningful breast cancer...
October 13, 2016 0 Comments

Research Questions Value of Mammograms for Breast Cancer Screening

The AP (10/12, Marchione) reports that research published in the New England Journal of Medicine “questions the value of mammograms for breast cancer screening.” The study indicated “that a woman is more likely to be diagnosed with a small tumor that is not destined to grow than she is to have a true problem spotted early.” The AP...
October 13, 2016 0 Comments

Tomosynthesis Used in Diagnosis Allows for More Accurate Categorization of Breast Lesion Images, Research Suggests

Diagnostic Imaging (10/11) reports that research suggests “tomosynthesis used in diagnosis allows for more accurate categorization of breast lesion images.” The findings were published in Radiology. According to the researchers, “Tomosynthesis in the diagnostic setting resulted in progressive shifts in the BI-RADS final assessment categories over time,...
October 12, 2016 0 Comments

Less Painful Mammograms May Not Negatively Impact the Ability to Detect Cancers

The Radiology Business Journal (10/10, Wilson) reports that investigators found, after looking at “a more flexible plate as a way to reduce pain during mammography,” that reducing “compression on the center part of the breast by up to 50 percent does not negatively affect the ability to detect cancers.” 
October 11, 2016 0 Comments

ACR and SBI’s Monticciolo, Monsees Discuss Breast Imaging Technologies

The NPR (10/7, Hobson) “Shots” blog reports that “mammography can prevent deaths from breast cancer, but it’s not a perfect test,” as “it misses some cancers, especially in women with dense breast tissue, and flags abnormalities for follow-up tests that turn out to...
October 7, 2016 0 Comments

Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound May Be an Effective Method for the Differential Diagnosis of Benign and Malignant Breast Lesions

Aunt Minnie (10/6) reports that research suggests “contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) can be an effective method for the differential diagnosis of benign and malignant breast lesions, offering improvements in diagnostic accuracy over conventional breast ultrasound.” In the...
October 6, 2016 0 Comments