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Use of DBT lags in Medicare system -- or does it?

Just under 20% of women in the Medicare population received digital breast...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: SABCS: Is DBT worth the higher cost? DBT finds smaller cancers than 2D mammography does 2D synthesized DBT screening is ready for prime time Radiologists can trust DBT density measurements Patients with co-pays less likely to choose DBT
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Conclusion Adding digital breast tomosynthesis to digital mammography improves the diagnostic accuracy in breast cancer screening.
Source: The Egyptian Journal of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine - Category: Nuclear Medicine Source Type: research
ConclusionsThese findings suggest that low OPG levels may be associated with high mammographic density, particularly in postmenopausal women. Targeting RANK signaling may represent a plausible, non-surgical prevention option for high-risk women with high mammographic density, especially those with low circulating OPG levels.
Source: Cancer Causes and Control - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
AbstractPurpose of ReviewMammographically dense breast tissue raises the risk of developing breast cancer and makes detection of breast cancer more difficult using standard of care mammography. This paper seeks to outline the evidence behind these risks and highlight the importance of informing patients, and their clinicians, of their density status. Solutions are also offered for improved detection in cancer screening in this population.Recent FindingsMany states now require density information be conveyed to the patient. When performed in addition to screening mammography, supplemental screening methods (including tomosy...
Source: Current Breast Cancer Reports - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a cancer-predisposing syndrome associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. Cutaneous neurofibromas may decrease the diagnostic feasibility of mammography. We aim at elucidating the feasibility of mammography in patients with NF1 by a retrospective register-based analysis of mammography screening. Finnish women aged 5069 years are invited to mammography screening biannually. The invitations, attendance and diagnostic findings are recorded in the Finnish Mass Screening Registry.
Source: Journal of Investigative Dermatology - Category: Dermatology Authors: Tags: Clinical Research: Epidemiology of Skin Diseases Source Type: research
Conclusions?    1) My conclusion is that this proves that double reading adds nothing important to screening - particularly if women are getting yearly mammograms. This should be the stake in the heart of the double reading vampire. Given the criticism of mammography - that it doesn't save many, or any lives, this extra tenth of a percent of diagnosis is even more questionable. Nah, not just questionable, I'd say it is so low that there are probably, within error bars, no lives saved.    Do they say this. No: "Detecting these extra cancers may be associated with detecting important patho...
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - Category: Radiology Source Type: news
This study aims to investigate the feasibility of identifying a new quantitative imaging marker based on false-positives generated by computer-aided detection (CAD) scheme to help predict short-term breast cancer risk. An image dataset including four view mammograms acquired from 1,044 women was retrospectively assembled. All mammograms were originally interpreted as negative by radiologists. In the next subsequent mammography screening, 402 women were diagnosed with breast cancer and 642 remained negative. An existing CAD scheme was applied "as is" to process each image. From CAD-generated results, 4 detection f...
Source: Physics in Medicine and Biology - Category: Physics Authors: Tags: Phys Med Biol Source Type: research
ConclusionsMD partially mediates some of the association between HRT and breast cancer risk. The association between HRT and breast cancer seems to be stronger in women with dense breasts.
Source: Cancer Causes and Control - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
Conclusion: The frequency distribution of BIRADS classification in our society was clarified. It seems that the breast cancer risk is higher in women with dense breasts. Architectural distortion was also correlated to BIRADS score. PMID: 29657941 [PubMed]
Source: Biomed Res - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Adv Biomed Res Source Type: research
This study was designed to present the secondary imaging endpoints of the trial for evaluating mammogram (MMG), ultrasound (US) and image guided biopsy (IGBx) assessment of pathologic complete response (pCR) in breast cancer (BC) patients undergoing neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC). METHODS: Patients with T1-3, N0-3, M0 triple-negative or HER2-positive BC who received NAC were enrolled in an Institutional Review Board-approved prospective, clinical trial. Patients underwent US and MMG at baseline and after NAC. Images were evaluated for residual abnormality and to determine modality for IGBx [US-guided (USG) or ste...
Source: Ann Oncol - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Ann Surg Oncol Source Type: research
To date, official recommendations on when and how often a woman should have a screening mammogram, have been based on risk factors (such as age, a family history of breast cancer, a personal history of radiation to the chest), genetic testing (the BRCA test, for example), or troubling results from a previous biopsy. Race and ethnicity have not officially factored into the equation — yet. Does race matter when it comes to screening mammograms? A recent study by Harvard doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital reinforces prior data suggesting that race and ethnicity can be a separate risk factor for breast cancer, and...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Breast Cancer Health Prevention Screening Women's Health Source Type: blogs
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