Higher coronary artery calcium levels in middle-age may indicate higher risk for future heart problems
Higher coronary artery calcium levels in middle-age were associated with structural heart abnormalities linked to future heart failure, particularly among blacks, according to new research inCirculation:Cardiovascular Imaging, anAmerican Heart Association journal.
3D mammography detected 34% more breast cancers in screening
“With breast tomosynthesis, 34 per cent more cancer tumours were detected compared to the current standard mammography screening. At the same time, we were able to reduce the compression of the breast during examination, something that may encourage more women to participate in screening”,explains Sophia…
Major study shows prostate MRI reveals more cancers which need treatment, and reduces overdiagnosis compared to standard biopsy
A large international study has shown that an MRI scan can reduce the number of invasive prostate biopsies by up to 28%. The PRECISION1 trial shows that using MRI to target prostate biopsies leads to more of the harmful prostate cancers, and fewer harmless cancers…
MR imaging clarifies ambiguous mammography results
A study of around 300 volunteers, conducted in Austria by MedUni Vienna in collaboration with Diagnostic Graz, convincingly shows that Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is the best choice for clarifying ambiguous mammography results.
New study reveals late spread of breast cancer and backs key role of early diagnosis
Breast cancer cells that spread to other parts of the body break off and leave the primary tumour at late stages of disease development, scientists from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and their collaborators have found.
Low doses of radiation could harm cardiovascular health, study suggests
Ionizing radiation, such as x-rays, has a harmful effect on the cardiovascular system even at doses equivalent to recurrent CT imaging, a new study published in the International Journal of Radiation Biology suggests.
Predicting people’s ‘brain age’ could help to spot who is at risk of early death
A method for predicting someone’s ‘brain age’ based on MRI scans could help to spot who might be at increased risk of poor health and even dying at a younger age.
MRI use may “change the equation” for prostate cancer screening
Screening for prostate cancer is controversial. It can save lives, but it can also lead to unnecessary diagnoses, followed by surgical or radiation procedures, which themselves may lead to severe side-effects. Now a new study, coming from the Dutch part of the European Randomised study…
Screening for Heart Disease May Lead to Prevention, Better Treatments
Through computed tomography (CT) images of the heart and other types of imaging, build-up of dangerous coronary plaques—which restrict the flow of blood to the heart—can be detected, even before a person develops symptoms of heart disease. Because of this, there is increasing interest in…
Updated Classification System Captures Many More People at Risk for Heart Attack
New heart disease “staging” system focuses on those previously considered at low risk Experts at Johns Hopkins and New York’s Mount Sinai Health System have published a suggested new plan for a five-stage system of classifying the risk of heart attack in those with heart…
Imaging the Cervix – Part II
by Pierre Vassallo – This article follows on Part I, which appeared in the last issue of The Synapse Journal. It will discuss imaging of endometriosis in the cervical canal and also cervical cancer. The importance of imaging in staging of cervical cancer will be stressed.