Women Who Pay Out-Of-Pocket May Be Less Likely To Choose DBT Over Digital Mammography, Study Suggests.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

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.”

DBT Screening Fails To Increase Use Of BI-RADS Category 3, Study Suggests.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

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.

New ACR Accreditation Process for Mammography

Friday, July 21, 2017
Starting July 24, facilities applying for ACR Accreditation of 2D full-field digital mammography systems may submit phantom images obtained with the ACR Digital Mammography Phantom and QC results using the 2016 ACR Digital Mammography Quality Control Manual. Learn more »

ACR Releases Updated Guide On Safe, Effective Use Of Contrast Media.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

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. 

Many Primary Care Physicians May Be “Ill-Equipped To Discuss” Mammography With Patients, Study Suggests.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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.