Aunt Minnie (8/1, Yee) reports women who have to pay out-of-pocket “are less likely to choose digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) over digital mammography, compared with women who have complete insurance coverage for the exam, according to a study published” in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. The researchers concluded that providers must demonstrate that DBT is worth the “additional cost to patients.”
Aunt Minnie (7/26, Yee) reports that “screening with digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT)” fails to raise “the use of BI-RADS category 3 – a designation that prompts intensive follow-up and tracking for up to two years and can provoke anxiety in patients,” a study published in Radiology says. Aunt Minnie adds “the findings are good news for women,” as “fewer BI-RADS 3 lesions translates into less uncertainty for women and potentially less healthcare costs,” according to the study’s researchers.
Aunt Minnie (7/13) reports that the ACR “has released an updated guide for the safe and effective use of contrast media.” It is available for free here. HealthImaging (7/12, Pearson) also covers the story.
Aunt Minnie (7/12, Yee) reports many primary care physicians “are ill-equipped to discuss” mammography with their patients, according to a study published in the Journal of Women’s Health. The article points out that several medical organizations offer differing recommendations to women concerning when they should undergo mammography.