Thursday, January 15, 2015

Adding DBT To Mammography May Yield Millions In US Healthcare Cost Savings

Aunt Minnie (1/15, Yee) reports that a study conducted by Truven Health Analytics and published online Jan. 12 in the journal ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research suggests that “by reducing recalls and catching breast cancer earlier, digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) could yield hundreds of millions of dollars in US healthcare cost savings if it were added to mammography for annual breast cancer screening.” After estimating “the financial impact of using DBT along with digital mammography for annual screening in a hypothetical US managed care plan with one million members,” researchers found that use of DBT “would result in overall savings of $2.4 million per year for the plan.” Extrapolating the results further, the study authors concluded that “DBT could lead to as much as half a billion dollars in annual savings if it were used for the approximately 19 million screening mammograms performed annually in the US.”

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