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Cancer screening wonder: Skepticism taking over

The introduction of mammography and colonoscopy back in the 1960s helped introduce an "age of wonder" for cancer screening that correlated with a significant drop in mortality rates, according to Cary Gross, M.D., of Yale Medical School. Conversely, according to Gross, the 21st Century has launched a new age of wonder in the sense that people are now wondering how beneficial cancer screening actually is.

Balancing the risks and rewards of imaging with ionizing radiation

A new report from the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment in the UK reminds us that efforts are underway to continue to understand and balance the risks and rewards of medical imaging with ionizing radiation.

Should age be a barrier to mammography?

According to Judith A. Malmgren, M.D, affiliate assistant professor at the University of Washington's School of Public Health and Community Medicine in Seattle, the problem with determining the effectiveness in this age group is the paucity of available research; elderly women don't make good candidates for clinical trials.

The critical role of radiologists in medical emergencies

A pair of recent articles in two radiology journals remind us of the critical role radiology plays when it come to mass-casualty emergencies.

Imaging false positives and patient anxiety: There are solutions

One of the issues that has plagued advocates of low dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung cancer screening has been the high number of false positives associated with the screening exam. In fact,...

How can we increase colon cancer screening rates?

This is what we know--colorectal cancer screening works. Despite this, screening rates remain problematic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in three adults ages 50 to 75, haven't been tested for colorectal cancer as recommended by the United States Preventive Services Task Force.

A pediatric imaging call to action

In a recent commentary published in the Journal of Patient Safety, Stephen Swensen, a radiologist at Mayo Clinic, and colleagues make an "Appeal for Safe and Appropriate Imaging of Children."

Patient data breaches and the question of trust in radiology

Clearly radiology practices and imaging facilities still face security and privacy challenges.

Are docs having the right kinds of cancer screening discussions with patients?

Breast cancer screening and its effect on cancer mortality rates, as well as the harms associated with overdiagnosis and false positives, was in the news yet again this past week as a study in the journal BMJ showed that mammography screening can significantly cut mortality rates from the disease. But in a commentary accompanying the article, the authors suggested that the question remains whether the benefits of mammography outweigh its harms, a question that should be the subject of a discussion between doctors and their patients, they say.  

That begs another question: Are doctors having the right kind of conversation with their patients about breast cancer screening?