CESM boosts detection of malignant breast lesions
October 12, 2017 -- Compared with conventional mammography alone, contrast-enhanced spectral mammography (CESM) catches an additional 7.7% of lesions in recalled women -- and most of these lesions are malignant, Dutch researchers found. The low risks of using CESM as a workup tool make it a valuable addition to breast cancer care, they added.  Discuss
French radiologists get set to become TV stars
October 6, 2017 -- France's national union of independent radiologists has unveiled a new television advertising campaign to promote breast cancer screening in tandem with Pink October, the country's national breast cancer awareness month.  Discuss
Double reading mammograms: Is it time to stop?
October 4, 2017 -- Double reading of digital mammograms may be a waste of time and money, Spanish researchers have found. The evidence of benefit is "scarce," and double reading seems to increase operational costs without translating into a higher cancer detection rate, they noted.  Discuss
Swiss use computer algorithm to estimate CT fetal dose
September 26, 2017 -- Researchers from Switzerland have developed computer models to estimate the radiation dose to fetuses of pregnant women undergoing CT. The ramifications include better decision-making for doctors and patients, according to the study team.  Discuss
Study: Synthetic 2D compares well with mammography
September 20, 2017 -- Synthetic 2D images derived from digital breast tomosynthesis are comparable with full-field digital mammography (FFDM), according to Spanish researchers. Furthermore, synthetic images could replace FFDM in studies that use both modalities and reduce radiation dose by 45%, they said.  Discuss
Italians find DBT 'modestly' boosts radiation dose
September 7, 2017 -- New research from Italy shows digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) "modestly" increases radiation dose for patients compared with full-field digital mammography (FFDM). However, don't let that be a deterrent in using DBT, the researchers said.  Discuss
Nordic study finds cancer mortality rates have sunk
August 24, 2017 -- Mortality rates for prostate and breast cancers in the Nordic region have declined by between 22% in Finland for prostate cancer and 32% for breast cancer in Norway since the 1990s. The drop is not driven by changes in risk factors but rather by improvements in cancer detection and management, researchers have found.  Discuss
Saudi-Irish study highlights major differences in MRI practice
August 18, 2017 -- An investigation of quality management for abdominal and pelvic MRI scans in Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Ireland has shown that staffing issues, variable adherence to local rules and procedures, and lack of policies governing work practices contribute to major fluctuations in clinical practice.  Discuss
Swiss find inequalities persist in breast screening
August 15, 2017 -- Introducing an organized breast cancer screening program in Geneva, Switzerland, increased adherence to mammography screening, but it did nothing to eliminate social disparities in the screening participation, an epidemiological study published on 1 August in Preventive Medicine has found.  Discuss
How to reduce radiographers' aches and pains
August 15, 2017 -- Getting in the correct position is vital. That's the overriding conclusion of Portuguese researchers who have identified postures for radiographers and given practical advice that will help to reduce work-related musculoskeletal disorders when performing mammograms.  Discuss