A new method of computer-aided evaluation makes it easier to differentiate between benign and malignant lesions on MR scans, possibly reducing the number of false positives and unnecessary biopsies.
Other findings include:
Computer-aided detection is no match for a dedicated breast imaging specialist, according to a large comparative study of 5875 consecutive screening mammograms performed at Yale's Breast Imaging Center.
Breast MR spectroscopy as an adjunct to breast MR may cut the rate of false positives related to the stage of a woman's menstrual cycle.
In the Digital Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial (DMIST), 40% of the women over 50 had dense breasts, indicating that digital screening could benefit older as well as younger women.
DMIST researchers plan to investigate why there was a difference between digital and film-based screening and will also perform a cost-effectiveness study for digital imaging.