Womens Imaging

Women’s imaging encompasses many radiology procedures related to women and the diseases that are most prevalent to women such as breast cancer or gynecological issues. Mammogram, breast ultrasound, breast MRI and breast biopsy are the most commonly used procedures.

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Radiologists need better access to patient data stored in the electronic medical record, imaging IT expert Rik Primo explains. 

Imaging IT expert Rik Primo discusses emerging issues he saw at RSNA and HIMSS.

Many new imaging solutions were on display at the world's largest health informatics conference, held at McCormick Place in Chicago.

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Similar plaque burden, different risks: Why CCTA might one day alter treatment in postmenopausal women

New data suggest that the burden of atherosclerosis on imaging might not be as indicative of major cardiovascular events as a person’s age and sex. 

May 11, 2023
Katie Couric on USPSTF recommendations on when women should start getting mammograms

'Kind of a bummer': Katie Couric disappointed in USPSTF recs that exclude supplementary imaging for dense breasts

The task force cited insufficient evidence as the driver behind the decision to forego recommending supplemental screening. 

May 11, 2023

Prenatal MRI shines light on the implications of maternal stress during pregnancy

These findings warrant serious consideration by physicians caring for pregnant women in the future, as the link between poor mental health and placental development remains “underappreciated.”

May 10, 2023
Sagittal images from breast MRI in a 36-year-old woman with an invasive ductal carcinoma. Image from pre-chemotherapy contrast-enhanced T1-weighted MRI shows a round, rim-enhancing mass. This  subtraction image shows the maximal diameter of the mass was measured up to 5.4 cm. Read more. RSNA image. What does breast cancer look like?

Researchers identify MRI findings linked with invasive breast cancer

Researchers suggested these findings could be used as a noninvasive tool in creating more personalized treatment options for patients facing a cancer diagnosis that is invasive in nature. 

May 8, 2023
Women with dense breasts and benign breast disease have increased risks of developing #breastcancer

Breast cancer risk assessments should account for longitudinal changes in breast density, new data suggest

Breast density is known to drop over time, but the rate at which density decreases merits special attention, as it could be associated with a woman’s chance of developing cancer.

May 1, 2023
Breast MRI example showing a signal void in right breast (arrow) caused by biopsy on an axial contrast-enhanced in-phase Dixon image. It shows a signal void in right breast (arrow), which corresponded with a MammoMark/CorMark Bread Tie biopsy clip. Image courtesy of AJR.

New scoring system for 'second look' breast lesions could decrease biopsies by 30% or more

A team of experts recently developed the new system to differentiate between malignant and benign "second look" lesions on MRI for women with known breast cancer.

April 25, 2023
Comparison of a 2D digital mammogram and breast tomosynthesis 3D mammography showing ability to better evaluate details in areas of dense breast tissue. Photo from UCSF.

Radiologist performance has improved since the introduction of DBT for breast cancer screening

Since being approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2011, DBT has become the most common method for breast cancer screening, and as of September 2022, 84% of all U.S. mammography screening facilities housed DBT units. 

April 11, 2023
Example of the four types of breast tissue density. The density of fibroglandular tissue inside the breast impacts the ability to easily see cancers. Cancers are very easy to spot in fatty breasts, but are almost impossible to find in extremely dense breasts. These examples show craniocaudal mammogram findings characterized as almost entirely fatty (far left), scattered areas of fibroglandular density (second from left), heterogeneously dense (second from right), and extremely dense (far right). RSNA

Experts developed a deep learning model that can estimate breast density

When tested, the model achieved a performance comparable to that of human experts.

April 10, 2023
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