Tag: mammography

1. This large retrospective cohort study comparing digital screening mammography with and without computer-aided detection (CAD) did not show differences in diagnostic accuracy. 2. For radiologists who interpreted digital mammograms both with and without CAD, sensitivity for breast cancer detection was lower with CAD use. Evidence Rating Level: 2 (Good)  ...

Patient Basics: Mammography

Originally published by Harvard Health. What Is It? Mammography is a series of X-rays that shows images of the soft tissues of the breast. It is a valuable screening procedure that can detect breast cancer early, as long as two years before a lump can be felt. For women ages 50 to 74...
1. After implementation of routine screening in older women, the incidence of early stage breast cancer increased, but there was only a minimal absolute decrease in the incidence of advanced stage breast cancer. 2. For each advanced staged tumor that was detected approximately 20 extra, early stage tumors were...
1. Breast cancers detected by mammography were shown to be associated with an improved survival relative to physician- and patient-detected cancers among women 75 years of age and older. 2. Tumors detected by mammography were managed more frequently with lumpectomy and radiation and less frequently with mastectomy and chemotherapy than...
In this section, we highlight the key high-impact studies, updates, and analyses published in medicine during the past week. Atrial Fibrillation in Patients with Cryptogenic Stroke Patients experiencing a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) often undergo diagnostic workup involving 24 hour ECG monitoring for atrial fibrillation.  However, it is suspected...
1. Combined tomosynthesis and digital mammography results in a lower recall rate and higher cancer detection rate.   2. Digital mammography alone resulted in a lower positive predictive value than when combined with tomosynthesis.            Evidence Rating Level: 1 (Excellent)  Study Rundown: Digital tomosynthesis is a relatively new breast...
Image: PD 1. Compared to 2D mammography alone, integrated 2D and 3D mammography facilitated detection of more breast cancers in asymptomatic women.  2. Less false positives occurred with integrated mammography than with conventional 2D mammography alone.    Evidence Rating Level: 2 (Good)  Study Rundown: This study found that integrated 2D and 3D mammography,...
Image: PD 1. Among women aged 50-74 years old, biennial mammography screenings resulted in less false-positives and similar risk of advanced stage cancer.  2. Women aged 40 to 49 years with extremely dense breasts were more likely to have advanced stage cancer and large tumors when receiving biennial as compared to...