Thursday, July 14, 2016

Prior Mammogram Access Important as Screening Protocols in Flux

SBI Member Dr. Kathryn Pearson Peyton writes about the importance of giving women and physicians access to prior mammograms in order to reduce the number of false positives in an article published in Diagnostic Imaging. "We believe giving women and their physicians access to prior mammograms is crucial to reducing false positives, the callbacks they precipitate along with the concomitant costs to patients, providers, and payers. By reducing the "risks" of mammography screening by simply providing more comparison imaging data, the "benefits" of screening support existing guidelines to begin annual screening at age 40.  But if these new rationed screening protocols are adopted – against the advice of experienced breast doctors and researchers – the stakes for women having access to prior mammograms are raised even higher," said Peyton. 

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