Women With Dense Breasts Will Have To Look Beyond Ultrasound For Useful Supplemental Breast Cancer Screening

Supplemental ultrasound screening for all U.S. women with dense breasts would substantially increase healthcare costs with little improvement in overall health, according to senior author Anna Tosteson, ScD, at Dartmouth Hitchcock’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

In a study recently released in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Tosteson and colleagues, including lead author Brian Sprague, MD, provide evidence on the benefits and harms of adding ultrasound to breast cancer screening.

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Post TIA Imaging Predicts Recurrent Stroke Risk

CT evidence of acute ischemia either alone or in combination with chronic ischemia or microangiopathy present within 24 hours of a nondisabling stroke can help predict risk of recurrent stroke for up to 90 days, researchers reported. Patients with transient ischemic attacks (TIA) or nondisabling strokes who showed evidence of acute and chronic ischemia and microangiopathy had an eight-fold increase in risk for having another stroke over the next 3 months, lead researcher Jason K. Wasserman, MD, PhD, of Ottawa Hospital Health Research Institute, Ontario, and colleagues wrote in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, published online Dec. 4.

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Image Wisely Launches New Fluoroscopy Initiative

ImageWisely.org has launched a new initiative that will help radiology providers deliver quality patient care and optimize radiation dose and image quality during fluoroscopic procedures. The organization now offers online educational materials for fluoroscopy, computed tomography and nuclear medicine exams.

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Annual Lung Cancer Screening Recommended For Longtime Smokers

Lung cancer is often called a “silent killer,” and one-fourth of people with the disease show no symptoms when they are diagnosed. It’s often caught during chest X-rays or scans performed for other reasons. Last year, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended annual CT scans for patients ages 55 to 74 with a smoking history equivalent to one pack a day for 30 years who still smoke or who have quit within 15 years.

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