Behind Today's Confusing Mammogram Screening Guidelines

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

"The bottom line is this: Women should be emboldened to make an informed decision that works best for them. The facts are the facts: Getting screened every year at 40 will save the most lives. If the potential for anxiety and overtreatment outweighs your concern of a breast cancer diagnosis, then waiting until 45 or 50 may be the best option for you. But it’s important that women are aware that they’re trading the chance to find out that they have cancer at an early stage when it can be most effectively treated, for relief from anxiety and the theoretical potential of overtreatment," wrote Phoebe Freer, MD, Associate Professor of Radiology, Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, in an op-ed published in Fortune Magazine. 

Clearing Up the Confusion Around Mammograms

Thursday, January 28, 2016

SBI Member Lisa Schneider, MD, a breast imaging specialist from Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN, discusses the inconsistencies within the recent USPSTF recommendations and the ACS guidelines. She also discusses when women should begin having annual mammograms during an interview with KARE in Minneapolis, MN. 


FDA: Facilities Must Ensure that Mammography Physics Surveys Performed

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
The FDA reminds facilities that it is their responsibility to utilize the services of a qualified medical physicist to survey the their equipment, to oversee the equipment-related quality control (QC) program and to perform mammography equipment evaluations (MEE) on x-ray units and image processors, whenever such evaluations are necessary. 

An Era of Misinterpretation and Misinformation in Breast Cancer Screening

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
SBI Member Michelle Rivera, MD, head of American Women Unite for Breast Cancer Screening talks about the continued confusion and frustration “an era of misinterpretation and misinformation in breast cancer screening” has caused. “The Task Force recommendations create further confusion among women, who remain unsure when to get screened. Physicians as well must weigh conflicting information as they seek to guide their patients. The good news is that many of the nation’s leading medical organizations support screening at age 40.”

New guidelines on mammograms a matter of dispute

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
SBI Immediate Past President, Murray Rebner, MD, FSBI, Director of Breast imaging at Beaumont Hospital highlights some of the flaws in the recent recommendations in The Detroit News: “Scientifically speaking, the USPSTF appears to have used only a small selection of studies, many of them involving outdated mammogram machines. By Institute of Medicine standards, the USPSTF recommendations may not even be considered ‘trustworthy.’”