February 2013

February 28, 2013

Radiologist May Score Breast Density The Same for Analog, Digital Mammo
Mammography images can look significantly different based on whether they were acquired with a digital or analog system. But such differences in appearance don't seem to affect the ability of radiologists to score breast density accurately, according to a study in the March issue of Radiology.

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February 22, 2013

The End of Critical Thinking
Dr. Daniel Kopans responds to a recent paper published in the JNCI, stating that, "The paper by Amir, et al in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (which is not the National Cancer Institute's journal) is astonishing in the fact that it does nothing more than summarize and try to legitimatize the scientifically unsupportable papers that have been published by a small group of individuals who are on a crusade to end support for screening."

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February 15, 2013

The SBI and ACR recently published a letter to the editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, stating that "Bleyer and Welch's flawed analysis is misleading and greatly exaggerates the overdiagnosis of breast cancer."

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February 15, 2013

Interventions For Low Performers May Lead To More Accurate, Cost-Effective Mammography
If underperforming physicians received interventions to boost performance on newly developed criteria for diagnostic mammography, the result would be an increase in cancer diagnosis and a reduction of false-positives, according to an article published online Jan. 7 in Radiology.

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February 13, 2013

Dear SBI members:

As many of you are aware, the NEJM published an article by Bleyer and Welch in late 2012 that grossly undervalues mammographic screening. In SBI’s view, the authors analysis is highly flawed. This opinion is shared by many other societies that deal with breast cancer. The attached letter to the NEJM was formulated by the SBI and ACR Commission on Breast Imaging and was co-signed by the EUSOBI, SSO, ASBS, ASTRO, ASBD, CAR, and Drs. Tabar and Yaffe. Although the NEJM failed to print our multi-society letter, we believe that it will help our members understand the article, our position as breast imagers, and the science behind the issues.

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February 6, 2013

To Grow or Not to Grow That Is the Cancer Question
Dr. Daniel Kopans responds to a recent study by Braithwaite et al, which suggests that screening women ages 66 to 89 every two years does not appear to result in finding cancers at a larger size and later stage than screening them annually.

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