Aunt Minnie (6/22, Forrest) reports many radiologists think their phone calls with referring physicians “are excessive,” while many referring physicians appreciate the calls, according to a study presented at the American College of Radiology annual meeting. The study found that almost “half of surveyed radiologists felt they made too many calls, while none of them felt the rate of communication was insufficient,” but “only 1.3% of referring physicians thought the frequency of direct communication was excessive, and the vast majority felt the rate of calls was either appropriate or they desired more contact.”
Aunt Minnie (6/21) reports that research suggests “not performing chest CT on patients with stage I or II breast cancer would miss very few pulmonary metastases, while significantly reducing healthcare spending and avoiding a significant number of false positives.” The findings were published in the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.
Aunt Minnie (6/15, Yee) reports that, while "breast MRI has been shown to perform well as an adjunct to screening mammography in women at high risk for breast cancer... its efficacy has mostly been evaluated based on trials at academic centers rather than community practices." However, a study published online in Radiology found that screening MRI met most of the American College of Radiology's BI-RADS benchmarks - helping to fill a gap in the medical literature on screening MRI performance in clinical practice.
HealthImaging (6/12, Pearson) reports Angelina Jolie may not have motivated women to be screened for breast cancer, according to a study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Researchers compared the “weekly utilization at Penn State Health’s multisite breast center over the two years prior to Jolie’s going public with her decision in May of 2013 and over the two years following,” and “found no changes in screening utilization after Jolie publicized her decision to undergo prophylactic bilateral...mastectomy.”