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.

Breast Density May Have Only Minor Impact On Radiation Dose During Mammography, Study Suggests.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Diagnostic Imaging (7/10) reports that research suggests “breast density has only a minor impact on radiation dose during mammography examinations.” Investigators “determined that it was breast thickness that was the primary determinant of dose.” The findings were published in The Breast Journal. 


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