Breast Biopsies May Be Unnecessary For Breast Lesions Found By Breast MRI And Characterized As BI-RADS 2

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Diagnostic Imaging (2/25) reports that research published in Clinical Radiology suggests that “breast biopsies are unnecessary for breast lesions found by breast MRI and characterized as BI-RADS 2.” In the study, “no lesions that were classified as BI-RADS 2 were found to be malignant.”

Modifiers 59 and GG Advised for Mammo Studies

Friday, February 20, 2015
In response to an American College of Radiology (ACR) appeal to delete the newly created diagnostic/screening mammography code edits, the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) medical director has notified the ACR that the Centers from Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and NCCI discussed this issue during a recent teleconference call.

Study: Only Two Thirds Of N2/N3 Breast Cancer Patients Receive PMRT

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Radiation Therapy News (2/12, Semedo) reports on a study that found some may not follow guidelines from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) for post-mastectomy radiation therapy (PMRT), which is the standard of care for N2/N3 breast cancer treatment. The study, which examined records from a database carrying information on almost three million patients between 1998 and 2011, found that 82% of such patients were treated with chemotherapy, while only 65% were treated with PMRT. Lead author Quyen D. Chu, MD, MBA, FACS, said of the findings, “From this study, we could not tease out whether patients refuse treatment or there is a lack of awareness among women and physicians about the need for radiation therapy after mastectomy for locally advanced breast cancer.”

Molecular Imaging Techniques May Improve Cancer Detection Success Rates In Women With Mammographically Dense Breasts

Thursday, February 5, 2015
HealthImaging (2/5, Hocter) reports that research suggests that “cancer detection success rates in women with mammographically dense breasts can be significantly improved through molecular imaging techniques, even using a reduced radiation dose.” The findings were published in the American Journal of Roentgenology .