Can AI lower radiologists' mammography workload?
August 10, 2020 -- Artificial intelligence (AI)-based software can reliably categorize a significant percentage of negative screening mammograms as normal, potentially decreasing mammography reading workload for radiologists by more than half, according to two presentations made at the recent ECR 2020 virtual meeting.  Discuss
Karolinska team advocates use of CAD for breast screening
August 3, 2020 -- A large study led by a group from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm has found that radiologists interpreting mammograms demonstrated a wide range of sensitivity for detecting cancer. The results support the use of computer-aided detection (CAD) solutions for breast screening, the researchers say.  Discuss
Did mummified 'screaming woman' die from a heart attack?
July 30, 2020 -- A new CT study of the 3,000-year-old "mummy of the screaming woman" in Egypt has investigated whether the shocking facial expression of pain was due to the heart attack that might have caused the woman's death or due to postmortem changes. The group's analysis has already generated considerable debate.  Discuss
Should keepsake ultrasound be regulated?
July 28, 2020 -- Ultrasound professionals are calling for more regulation of fetal sonography amid the continued growth of souvenir outlets that provide services for pregnant women, according to an article posted on 23 July in the BMJ. For a fee of up to 250 pounds (274 euros), shops offer a variety of nondiagnostic fetal ultrasound products, including "4D bonding scans" and mementos.  Discuss
Researchers tackle interval breast cancer at ECR 2020
July 22, 2020 -- Interval breast cancers pose a thorny problem for clinicians and women alike, since they often manifest in more aggressive and deadly forms. At the recent virtual edition of ECR 2020, a number of researchers reported findings from clinical studies that investigated how to reduce the interval cancer rate -- and what technology best classifies interval cancers.  Discuss
Danes reveal CT's promise for osteoporosis screening
July 15, 2020 -- Danish researchers have found cardiac CT exams used to assess patients' heart health can deliver the added benefit of screening for osteoporosis -- a valuable use given the prevalence of the modality. They published their results on 14 July in Radiology.  Discuss
Tabár reflects on 50 years of work in mammography
July 2, 2020 -- Dr. László Tabár has dedicated the past half-century to introducing and improving mammography screening, and thereby reducing mortality in breast cancer -- a journey marked not only by pioneering research and success but also by opposition and a struggle to convince authorities of the benefits of screening. He tells the story in this Q&A interview.  Discuss
New study supports use of breast MRI for DCIS cases
June 26, 2020 -- Using MRI for women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) can lead to a marked improvement in surgical planning and outcomes, according to the findings of a large study published on 20 June in the European Journal of Radiology.  Discuss
Novel transducer design can boost elastography outcome
June 24, 2020 -- German researchers have developed a 3D-printed device with built-in pressure sensors that fits around an ultrasound transducer and can acquire accurate shear-wave elastography measurements for breast imaging and other applications. They published their results on 15 June in Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology.  Discuss
Low uptake hampers resumption of breast screening
June 18, 2020 -- The reluctance of women to take up breast cancer screening invitations remains a serious issue for organizers of programs in Germany and Sweden, as they seek to clear the backlog of examinations and implement new procedures. Uptake of screening is as low as 30% in some regions, and maintaining patient throughput is proving difficult too, they say.  Discuss