Breast Imaging

Women's health news related to breast imaging, including mammography, breast MRI, automated breast ultrasound (ABUS), breast ultrasound, breast biopsy, and positron emission mammography (PEM). This channel also includes news on breast density and the issues it causes in detecting cancers.  Mammography can be broken into two types of systems. 2-D full field digital mammography (FFDM) have almost completely replaced older X-ray film based systems. The newest generation systems use 3-D tomosynthesis mammography technology, where a series of digital images are shot in an arch around the breasts and a computer reconstructs the images into slices that can be scrolled through to see layers of tissue. This allows easier radiology reading of images, especially in women with dense breasts, because it can cancers where there are several layers of thick breast tissue that can mask cancers on 2-D mammography. Tomo is rapidly replacing FFDM.

This cutting-edge technology assists radiologists in the interpretation of screening mammograms and allows them to diagnose breast cancer earlier and more accurately
News | Mammography | January 12, 2021
January 12, 2021 — Therapixel announced that MammoScreen has successfully obtained the CE mark. After having received...
World-first techniques for predicting breast cancer risk from mammograms that were developed in Melbourne could revolutionise breast screening by allowing it to be tailored to women at minimal extra cost

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News | Mammography | January 06, 2021
January 6, 2021 — World-first techniques for predicting breast cancer risk from mammograms that were developed in...
Transaction accelerates Hologic’s entry into oncology growth market, provides new lab capabilities

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News | Breast Imaging | January 06, 2021
January 6, 2021 — Hologic, Inc., a global leader in women's health, announced today that it has agreed to acquire...
Deal further expands Hologic’s portfolio of world-class breast health solutions addressing the full continuum of care
News | Breast Imaging | January 04, 2021
January 4, 2021 — Hologic, Inc. announced it has completed the acquisition of SOMATEX Medical Technologies GmbH, a...
Smart Breast Corporation (SmartBreast), a privately held company focused on breast cancer screening and detection, announced today that it has acquired certain molecular breast imaging (MBI) assets from Dilon Technologies, Inc. (Dilon) for an undisclosed amount.
News | Breast Imaging | January 04, 2021
January 4, 2021 — Smart Breast Corporation (SmartBreast), a privately held company focused on breast cancer screening...
Volpara Health announced two new research studies using AI-powered software to score breast density objectively and consistently to evaluate its impact in mammography and breast cancer risk assessment.
News | Breast Density | December 30, 2020
December 30, 2020 — Volpara Health announced two new research studies using AI-powered software to score breast density...
The American College of Radiology (ACR), Society of Breast Imaging (SBI), patient advocates and others secured an extension of the moratorium on harmful 2009 and 2016 United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines from Dec. 31, 2021 to Dec. 31, 2022.

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News | Breast Imaging | December 29, 2020
December 29, 2020 — The American College of Radiology (ACR), Society of Breast Imaging (SBI), patient advocates and...
According to recent studies, an increase in the COVID-19 positivity rate correlates to an increase in mortality from non-coronavirus-related diseases. This includes breast cancer, and researchers believe fear of contracting the virus compels patients to stay home instead of completing their post-lumpectomy radiotherapy regimens.

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News | Radiation Therapy | December 21, 2020
December 21, 2020 — According to recent studies, an increase in the COVID-19 positivity rate correlates to an increase...
The global breast imaging technologies market was valued at USD 3.54 billion in 2019 and is projected to surpass USD 7.43 billion by 2030, expanding at a CAGR of 6.90% during the forecast period from 2020 to 2030.

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News | Breast Imaging | December 21, 2020
December 21, 2020 — The "Breast Imaging Technologies Market by Technology - Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry...
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News | Breast Imaging | December 18, 2020
December 18, 2020 — US Radiology Specialists, one of the premier physician-owned radiology operators in the country, ...
New software-based application helps clinicians visualize breast anatomy and provides detailed characterization of lesions
News | Breast Imaging | December 17, 2020
December 17, 2020 — Hologic, Inc. announced that 3-D ultrasound imaging is now available on the SuperSonic MACH 40...
Older patients with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer who did not receive radiation therapy after breast-conserving surgery had higher rates of local recurrence but similar 10-year survival rates when compared to patients who received postoperative radiation therapy, according to updated 10-year data from the PRIME II study, presented at the 2020 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

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News | Radiation Therapy | December 15, 2020
December 15, 2020 — Older patients with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer who did not receive radiation therapy...
Among patients with breast cancer treated with radiotherapy, under-recognition of symptoms was common in reports of pain, pruritus, edema and fatigue, with younger patients and Black patients having significantly increased odds of symptom under-recognition, according to data presented at the 2020 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

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News | Women's Health | December 14, 2020
December 14, 2020 — Among patients with breast cancer treated with radiotherapy, under-recognition of symptoms was...
Minority women and women in general aged 50-64 in Pennsylvania showed an increased proportion of early-stage breast cancer diagnosis since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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News | Breast Imaging | December 11, 2020
December 11, 2020 — Minority women and women in general aged 50-64 in Pennsylvania showed an increased proportion of...
A new study finds that significant symptoms in young and Black patients are more likely to be under-recognized

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News | Radiation Therapy | December 10, 2020
December 10, 2020 — Physicians did not recognize side effects from radiation therapy in more than half of breast cancer...
Earlier initial diagnosis reduces lung cancer mortality in heavy (ex-)smokers / The risk of harm from misdiagnosis or overdiagnosis is relatively low

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News | Computed Tomography (CT) | December 08, 2020
December 8, 2020 — For heavy (ex-)smokers, lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography (low-dose CT, LDCT...
Images show symptomatic false-negative cancer in a 73-year-old black woman who presented with a palpable abnormality 64 days after negative screening mammography. (a) Negative screening left digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) mammogram. (b) Diagnostic DBT mammogram shows a new palpable mass (arrow). (c) Spot-compression DBT mammogram enables confirmation of mass (arrow). (d) Ultrasound (US) image shows hypoechoic mass with angular margins. Subsequent US-guided biopsy revealed estrogen receptor- and progeste

Images show symptomatic false-negative cancer in a 73-year-old black woman who presented with a palpable abnormality 64 days after negative screening mammography. (a) Negative screening left digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) mammogram. (b) Diagnostic DBT mammogram shows a new palpable mass (arrow). (c) Spot-compression DBT mammogram enables confirmation of mass (arrow). (d) Ultrasound (US) image shows hypoechoic mass with angular margins. Subsequent US-guided biopsy revealed estrogen receptor- and progesterone receptor-positive and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-negative invasive ductal carcinoma. Image courtesy of Radiological Society of North America

News | Breast Imaging | December 07, 2020
December 7, 2020 — Breast cancer screening with digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) offers significant advantages over...
16% of people believe they have developed a medical condition since the coronavirus crisis started but have not seen a doctor because they worry about getting COVID-19
News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | December 07, 2020
December 7, 2020 — New research* from Zegami, an Oxford based medical image analysis platform, reveals that 29% of...
Guidance for mammography facilities, state MQSA contract partners, FDA-approved MQSA accreditation bodies and Food and Drug Administration staff

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News | Mammography | December 04, 2020
December 4, 2020 — Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an immediately in effect guidance, ...
Studies show new deep-learning algorithm helps radiologists detect breast cancers in their early stages when used with the Genius 3D Mammography exam
News | Breast Imaging | December 02, 2020
December 2, 2020 — Hologic, Inc., an innovative medical technology company primarily focused on improving women’s...