By Dr AH Pustahija and Dr B Brkljacic

Microcalcifications are the common first sign of malignancy on mammography and present a diagnostic challenge. Biopsies of microcalcifications identified by mammography have a low positive predictive value due to the low specificity of mammography. Thus, a large proportion of biopsies of microcalcifications yield benign results, and so potentially could have been avoided.

By Dr Ioannis Sechopoulos

This article summarizes a recently published study comparing the detection performance of several different methods for the introduction of digital breast tomosynthesis to breast screening and gives insight into how screening tomosynthesis could be feasible without a significant increase in the resources required.

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By Dr E. Larsen 

In this article we present a very brief overview of automated breast ultrasound and digital breast tomosynthesis in the context of breast cancer screening, and then summarize a preliminary evaluation of the performance of a combined automated breast ultrasound and digital breast tomosynthesis system, described more fully in a recently published paper [1].

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By Dr José M. Baena-Cañada, Prof Violeta Luque-Ribelles and Dr Alicia Quílez Cutillas

Many women in the general publicbut also health professionals tendto overestimate the benefits of theearly detection of breast cancer to underestimate the potentialdisadvantages
of the techniques, such as screening mammography, used to achieve this aim.

Dr Pierpaolo Pattacini

The interim analysis of data from the Italian Reggio Emilia Tomosynthesis (RETomo) trial has just been published [1]. This randomized trial involving nearly 30000 women was designed to compare the use of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) combined with standard digital mammography (DM) versus the use of DM alone for the detection of breast cancer.

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Ever since its creation nearly 60 years ago, the private radiology practice “Radiologie am Theater” situated in the city of Paderborn in the west of Germany, has always adopted a policy of employing state-of-the art equipment and highly trained, experienced radiologists to provide a high quality and reliable service for patients and referring physicians.

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