Digital Mammography May Detect More Cancer, But May Also Increase Biopsy Callbacks, Study Indicates

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Aunt Minnie (2/28, Yee) reports that research indicates “the shift from film-screen to digital mammography has improved cancer detection rates for diagnostic exams, but it has also increased the rate at which women are called back for biopsy.” The findings were published online in Radiology. 

MRI Screening May Improve Early Diagnosis Of Breast Cancer Among Women at Average Risk for Developing Breast Cancer, Study Suggests

Friday, February 24, 2017
Diagnostic Imaging (2/22) reports that research suggests “magnetic resonance imaging screening improves early diagnosis of breast cancer among women who are at average risk for developing breast cancer.” The findings were published in Radiology.

Mammography Guidelines May Not Impact Screening Intervals, Study Suggests

Friday, February 24, 2017
Aunt Minnie (2/23, Yee) reports that research suggests “when it comes to how often a woman undergoes mammography screening, her own choice and her” physician’s “advice have more influence than official guidelines.” Investigators “found that the 2009 breast cancer screening guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) did not result in longer screening intervals during the three years following their release, despite widespread concern that they would.” The findings were published online in the Journal of Women’s Health. 

Study Looks at Patient Satisfaction with Performance of US Radiologists

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Radiology Business Journal (2/21, Maglaya) reports that researchers found that in a study of patient “satisfaction with the performance of U.S. radiologists, results” were “favorable.” The findings were published in the American Journal of Roentgenology. 

At Least Five States Have Introduced Legislation Requiring Insurers to Cover DBT

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Radiology Business Journal (2/17, Doss) reported, “At least five states,” including Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Texas, “have introduced legislation requiring insurers to cover Digital Breast Tomosynthesis.” The Journal added, “The economic and clinical benefits of DBT are well-established, but the passage of the bills may come down the legislative climate of the individual states, according to Eugenia Brandt, Director of State Affairs for the American College of Radiology.” 

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