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Patient preference impact on LDCT lung cancer screening
The utility and value of low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) annual lung cancer screening for high-risk patients remains controversial, even though the 2011 results of the National Lung Screening Trial demonstrated that screening could substantially reduce mortality through early detection. Michigan researchers developed a complex microsimulation model to examine the effect of the preferences of patients on the net benefit of screening.


Immediate DBT mammo interpretation doesn’t impact performance metrics
Do the pressures of immediate interpretation of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) screening exams impact the diagnostic performance of a radiologist? They don’t at the University of Utah’s Radiology and Imaging Services Department in Salt Lake City. Radiologists compared performance metrics of DBT batch interpretation with immediate interpretation and reported their findings. .


Oblique sagittal images improve quality of cervical spine MRI
A cervical spine MRI should include oblique sagittal images (OSIs) in addition to standard sagittal images (SSIs), radiologists from the University Hospital Heidelberg in Germany advise. SSIs tend to underestimate neuroforaminal stenosis grades compared to OSIs, and are less reliable in the evaluation of disc herniations within the cervical spine MRI, according to a comparative analysis published online June 6 in Röfo.

GE webcast June 26

Trends in follow-up imaging by breast cancer survivors Annual mammograms are recommended for all breast cancer survivors unless they have had bilateral mastectomies. But not all heed this advice as shown by multiple studies from Europe and North America. This percentage of noncompliance increases over time following diagnosis and treatment. Research from Mayo Clinic reported in the May issue of the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network reinforce these findings.


Comparing DBT+s2D performance with FFDM for breast cancer screening
A large clinical trial comparing breast cancer screening results of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) combined with synthesized two-dimensional (s2D) images with conventional full-field digital mammography (FFDM) has just been launched in Germany. It is the first pragmatic randomized clinical trial to determine if DBT plus synthetic image mammography is superior to FFDM for early breast cancer detection in a systematic population-based screening program.


LI-RADS: Research and update
The Liver Imaging Reporting and Data System (LI-RADS) is a useful categorization tool that standardizes the report of hepatic observation seen on imaging in patients with increased risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). An illustrated comprehensive review has been published in the June issue of the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

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