April 2013

April 30, 2013

Radiologist Calls Study's Breast Cancer Overdiagnosis Conclusion "Flawed"
In a Second Opinion article, breast imaging expert Dr. Daniel Kopans offers his rebuttal of a study published last November in the New England Journal of Medicine, building on his opinion piece published online March 29 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

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April 25, 2013

Integrated 2D, 3D Mammography May Improve Breast Cancer Detection
Integrated 2-dimensional (2D) and 3D mammography may improve breast cancer detection and reduce the number of false-positive recalls, according to a prospective comparative study of 7292 women.

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SBI/ACR Talking Points on STORM Study in the Lancet

April 25, 2013

MRI May Assist In Detecting Cancers In Women With Breast Implants
hen used as an adjunct to mammography and ultrasound, MRI can find additional cancers and provide more detail about their location in patients with breast implants, according to a study from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

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April 23, 2013

ACR, SBI Statement on Cancer Article Documenting that Mammography Screening Rates Have Not Gone Down Since USPSTF Recommendations
"We at the American College of Radiology and Society of Breast Imaging are encouraged by the findings in Cancer (Pace et al) that mammography screening rates have not decreased in the wake of the USPSTF recommendations on breast cancer screening. This shows that screening rates overall may have rebounded from a slight dip in mammography use among Medicare patients in the year immediately following the USPSTF announcement."

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April 22, 2013

Mammogram Rates Hold Steady Despite USPSTF Guidelines
Younger women in the U.S. apparently haven't heeded recent advice on mammography screening by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). A recent study published April 19 in Cancer found that screening rates have remained steady for women ages 40-49 after the USPSTF's 2009 guideline change.

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April 16, 2013

SBI Responds to “Short-Term Outcomes of Screening Mammography Using Computer-Aided Detection”
In response to a recent article by Fenton et al, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, SBI states that, "the use of CAD in association with screening mammography remains controversial- some studies have demonstrated an improvement in diagnostic performance for the radiologists while others have not. This article does show a benefit in the diagnosis of early stage invasive carcinoma and DCIS however it comes at a cost of increased number of diagnostic studies and breast biopsies."

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April 9, 2013

Fiction and Facts in Breast Cancer Screening
Mammography screening is one of the major medical advances in the last 50 years. It has undergone greater scrutiny and more challenges than virtually any other medical intervention.Opposition has persisted for over 40 years despite continually mounting evidence of benefit.

Click here to view Dr. Daniel Kopans' presentation