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A mammogram is a safe test used to look for any problems with a woman's breasts. The test uses a special, low-dose x-ray machine to take pictures of both breasts. The results are recorded on x-ray film or directly onto a computer for a radiologist to examine.

Mammograms allow the doctor to have a closer look for breast lumps and changes in breast tissue. They can show small lumps or growths that a doctor or woman may not be able to feel when doing a clinical breast exam. "Mammography" is the best screening tool that doctors have for finding breast cancer.

If a lump is found, your doctor may order other tests, such as ultrasound or a biopsy--a test where a small amount of tissue is taken from the lump and area around the lump. The tissue is sent to a lab to look for cancer or changes that may mean cancer is likely to develop. Breast lumps or growths can be benign (not cancer) or malignant (cancer). Finding breast cancer early means that a woman has a better chance of surviving the disease. There are also more choices for treatment when breast cancer is found early.
Travel time to breast imaging services in United States varies dramatically by modality

Travel time to breast imaging services in United States varies dramatically by modality

Mammography, ultrasound, and MRI - or a combination of these examinations - are critical in detecting, diagnosing, and characterizing the extent of breast cancer. [More]
Agfa HealthCare’s digital radiography technologies selected by Summa Health System

Agfa HealthCare’s digital radiography technologies selected by Summa Health System

Agfa HealthCare announced today that Summa Health System has selected the company's digital radiography technologies, including the DX-D Retrofit and DX-D 100 mobile DR systems, DX-M multi-plate CR, and CR 30-X single plate table top CR, in combination with an upgrade of Agfa HealthCare's patented MUSICA image processing software through Agfa HealthCare's Digital Radiography Upgrade Program. [More]
Findings may help policy makers address barriers to access to care

Findings may help policy makers address barriers to access to care

A recent study has found that in states with higher Medicaid payments for office visits, Medicaid beneficiaries were more likely to be screened for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer. [More]
Viewpoints: Threat to drug development; GOP's Obamacare criticism tempered; finding doctors for seniors

Viewpoints: Threat to drug development; GOP's Obamacare criticism tempered; finding doctors for seniors

An invasive species has been introduced into the U.S. health innovation ecosystem, with a growing danger of permanent damage to the development of specialty drugs. [More]
Findings support regular mammography screening in women ages 75 and older

Findings support regular mammography screening in women ages 75 and older

Mammography-detected breast cancer is associated with a shift to earlier stage diagnosis in older women, subsequently reducing the rate of more advanced, difficult-to-treat cases, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology. [More]
Research roundup: ACA lawsuit primer; ACA strategies in 4 states; competitive plans for those eligible for Medicare and Medicaid

Research roundup: ACA lawsuit primer; ACA strategies in 4 states; competitive plans for those eligible for Medicare and Medicaid

In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the ACA, but that did not end attacks against the law. Since the decision in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, objecting parties have filed more than 100 cases in federal courts nationwide. [More]
Digital mammograms may not be better at diagnosing older women, study finds

Digital mammograms may not be better at diagnosing older women, study finds

The Yale review adds to the mixed report card on digital mammography, reports NPR. Meanwhile, big increases in vaccination prices are straining public health budgets and creating dilemmas for some doctors, finds The New York Times. [More]
Research roundup: Role of primary care in reducing readmissions; air transport for wounded soldiers; hospital prices

Research roundup: Role of primary care in reducing readmissions; air transport for wounded soldiers; hospital prices

Follow-up with a primary care provider (PCP) in addition to the surgical team is routinely recommended to patients discharged after major surgery despite no clear evidence that it improves outcomes. [More]
New 3D mammography helps diagnose breast cancer quickly than ever before

New 3D mammography helps diagnose breast cancer quickly than ever before

Screening for and diagnosing breast cancer is quicker and more precise than ever before thanks to new three-dimensional (3D) mammography being used at the Herman & Walter Samuelson Breast Care Center at Northwest. [More]
First Edition: June 25, 2014

First Edition: June 25, 2014

Today's headlines include a report about a recent analysis that finds new health plan enrollees are showing high rates of serious health conditions. [More]
Addition of tomosynthesis to digital mammography increases cancer detection rate

Addition of tomosynthesis to digital mammography increases cancer detection rate

The addition of tomosynthesis, a 3-dimensional breast imaging technique, to digital mammography in more than 170,000 examinations was associated with a decrease in the proportion of patients called back for additional imaging and an increase in the cancer detection rate, according to a study in the June 25 issue of JAMA. [More]
3D mammography detects more invasive cancers, reduces call-back rates

3D mammography detects more invasive cancers, reduces call-back rates

3D Mammography finds significantly more invasive cancers and reduces unnecessary recalls, according to a large, retrospective study published in June 25 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. [More]
Mammography screening with 3D DBT increases overall cancer detection rate

Mammography screening with 3D DBT increases overall cancer detection rate

In community-based radiology practice, mammography screening with 3D digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) yielded lower recall rates, an increased overall cancer detection rate, and an increased detection rate for invasive cancer compared with 2D digital mammography (DM). [More]
Mammography has helped reduce late-stage breast cancer incidence by 37%

Mammography has helped reduce late-stage breast cancer incidence by 37%

In the last 30 years, since mammography was introduced, late-stage breast cancer incidence has decreased by 37 percent, a new study from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center finds. [More]

VuCOMP receives FDA approval for M-Vu CAD for mammography version 3.1

VuCOMP, Inc., leading developer of advanced computer vision systems for the detection of breast cancer, announced today that it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for M-Vu CAD for mammography version 3.1. Concurrently, VuCOMP is releasing an update to its CAD station which includes the ability to process additional standard screening views. [More]
Region Skåne and Sectra sign six-year agreement

Region Skåne and Sectra sign six-year agreement

Region Skåne, one of Sweden's largest care providers, has signed a six-year agreement with IT and medical technology company Sectra. [More]
Screening helped prevent nearly half a million colorectal cancer cases in the U.S.

Screening helped prevent nearly half a million colorectal cancer cases in the U.S.

An estimated half a million cancers were prevented by colorectal cancer screening in the United States from 1976 to 2009, report researchers from the Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy, and Effectiveness Research Center at Yale Cancer Center. [More]
MRI detects invasive breast tumours at very early stages in survivors of childhood Hodgkin lymphoma

MRI detects invasive breast tumours at very early stages in survivors of childhood Hodgkin lymphoma

The largest clinical study to evaluate breast cancer screening of female survivors of childhood Hodgkin lymphoma (HL), who are at increased risk because they received chest radiation, shows that magnetic-resonance imaging (MRI) detected invasive breast tumours at very early stages, when cure rates are expected to be excellent. [More]

Study: Providing better access to health care may lead to overuse of mammograms for women

Researchers have concluded that providing better access to health care may lead to the overuse of mammograms for women who regularly see a primary care physician and who have a limited life expectancy. [More]
New X-ray phase-contrast mammography for breast investigations

New X-ray phase-contrast mammography for breast investigations

Phase contrast X-ray imaging has enabled researchers at ETH Zurich, the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and the Kantonsspital Baden to perform mammographic imaging that allows greater precision in the assessment of breast cancer and its precursors. [More]