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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.
Apple Valley Medical Clinic Sleep Center moves to 14843 Energy Way in Apple Valley

Apple Valley Medical Clinic Sleep Center moves to 14843 Energy Way in Apple Valley

The Apple Valley Medical Clinic's Sleep Center has moved to 14843 Energy Way in Apple Valley. The center, which opened in 2010 under the medical direction of Scott Benson, M.D., a family medicine physician with the Apple Valley Medical Clinic, offers preventive care, diagnosis and referral for treatment of sleep disorders. [More]
ACR supports USPSTF recommendations for CT lung cancer screening in high-risk patients

ACR supports USPSTF recommendations for CT lung cancer screening in high-risk patients

The American College of Radiology (ACR) supports the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation (Grade B) for low-dose computed tomography (CT) lung cancer screening of adults aged 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. [More]
Royal Philips gets FDA approval for Spectral Breast Density Measurement Application

Royal Philips gets FDA approval for Spectral Breast Density Measurement Application

As breast density becomes a more recognized risk factor for breast cancer, Royal Philips today announced 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the Spectral Breast Density Measurement Application for its MicroDose SI full-field digital mammography system. The application is the first spectral Breast Density Measurement tool, meaning adipose (fat) and glandular tissue can be differentiated to accurately measure volumetric breast density. [More]
Archimedes Model simulation suggests genetic screening for breast cancer risk can reduce deaths

Archimedes Model simulation suggests genetic screening for breast cancer risk can reduce deaths

Archimedes Inc., a healthcare modeling and analytics company, today announced results of a simulated clinical trial which found that the seven single-nucleotide polymorphisms (7SNP) genetic test for breast cancer was most cost effective when used to guide MRI screenings for patients found to have an intermediate lifetime risk of developing the disease. [More]
Frequent mammography screening reduces the rate of lymph node positivity

Frequent mammography screening reduces the rate of lymph node positivity

In a study of screening mammography-detected breast cancers, patients who had more frequent screening mammography had a significantly lower rate of lymph node positivity—or cancer cells in the lymph nodes—as compared to women who went longer intervals between screening mammography exams. [More]

Swedish Covenant Hospital recognized as one of 55 Top Urban Hospitals in the country

Swedish Covenant Hospital was honored as one of 55 Top Urban Hospitals in the country today at the Leapfrog Group's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. [More]

Study shows that DBT increases cancer detection, reduces recall rates

Researchers have found that digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) led to reduced recall rates and an increase in cancer detection in a large breast cancer screening program. [More]
Automated breast density measurement predicts breast cancer risk in younger women

Automated breast density measurement predicts breast cancer risk in younger women

Automated breast density measurement is predictive of breast cancer risk in younger women, and that risk may be related to the rate at which breast density changes in some women as they age, according to research being presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). [More]

Digital breast tomosynthesis reduces recall rates and increases cancer detection

Researchers have found that digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) led to reduced recall rates and an increase in cancer detection in a large breast cancer screening program. The results of this study were presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). [More]

Reimbursement cuts for image-guided breast biopsies may reduce women's access to mammography

Drastic reimbursement cuts for image-guided breast biopsies, and other medical imaging techniques in the 2014 Medicare Fee Schedule Final Rule, may further reduce women's access to mammography and other breast cancer services. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services directly cut imaging reimbursement every year since 2007. This, along with 12 Medicare imaging cuts in the last six years due to legislation, increasingly threatens patient care. [More]

3D mammography identifies 22% more breast cancers than traditional mammography

Compared to traditional mammography, 3D mammography—known as digital breast tomosynthesis—found 22 percent more breast cancers and led to fewer call backs in a large screening study at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, researchers reported today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. [More]
Special issue of JACR focuses on the role of imaging-based screening in preventive medicine

Special issue of JACR focuses on the role of imaging-based screening in preventive medicine

To be published online Monday, Dec. 2, a special issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology addresses imaging-based screening and radiology's increasing role in preventive medicine. Topics covered include breast density legislation, digital breast tomosynthesis (or 3-D mammography), lung cancer screening and computed tomography colonography reimbursement. [More]

GE Healthcare introduces new Invenia Automated Breast Ultrasound System at RSNA 2013

GE Healthcare, a unit of General Electric Company, introduced today the new Invenia Automated Breast Ultrasound System at the 2013 Radiological Society of North America annual meeting. [More]
Health insurance coverage does not increase risky behavior

Health insurance coverage does not increase risky behavior

People with health insurance are more likely to use preventive services such as flu shots and health screenings to reduce their risk of serious illness, but they are no more likely than people without health insurance to engage in risky health behaviors such as smoking or gaining weight, researchers at UC Davis and University of Rochester have found. [More]

Hologic to highlight groundbreaking imaging products at RSNA 2013

Hologic, Inc., a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of premium diagnostic products, medical imaging systems and surgical products, with an emphasis on serving the healthcare needs of women, today announced the groundbreaking imaging products it will highlight at the 99th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America at McCormick Place, Chicago from December 1st through 5th. [More]
MU researchers find more accurate laboratory method for diagnosing pancreatic cancer

MU researchers find more accurate laboratory method for diagnosing pancreatic cancer

Researchers from the University of Missouri have found a more accurate laboratory method for diagnosing pancreatic cancer, the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. The disease causes more than 38,000 deaths each year in the United States, and kills 94 percent of people with the illness within five years, according to the National Cancer Institute. [More]
ProMedica Toledo Hospital now has new tool to help evaluate breast tissue density on mammogram

ProMedica Toledo Hospital now has new tool to help evaluate breast tissue density on mammogram

Radiologists at ProMedica Toledo Hospital Breast Care Center have a new tool to help evaluate breast tissue density on a mammogram. It's called VolparaDensity™, a breast imaging software tool that uses complex physics and software to measure the amount of tissue within a patient's breast. [More]

New imaging tool could someday be used for routine breast cancer screenings

Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer and cancer deaths among women worldwide. Routine screening can increase breast cancer survival by detecting the disease early and allowing doctors to address it at this critical stage. [More]

Report provides new estimates of breast cancer rates among active component service women

Crude incidence rates of breast cancer among U.S. female active component service members have fluctuated slightly over the past 12 years, but have remained relatively stable, according to a new study. [More]
Cynvenio launches ClearID Breast Cancer monitoring program

Cynvenio launches ClearID Breast Cancer monitoring program

Cynvenio, a cancer diagnostics company focused on transforming cancer treatment and management through the molecular analysis of tumor biomarkers in blood, today launched a new weapon in the fight against breast cancer, the ClearID Breast Cancer monitoring program. [More]