Aunt Minnie (12/15, Yee) reports that “most women tend to overestimate their risk of breast cancer,” and “if they do receive a report of a suspicious finding, they would rather have it biopsied immediately than undergo follow-up imaging a short time later,” according to a survey of 2,747 women presented at the RSNA 2017 meeting in Chicago. The study found, “At baseline, women estimated their breast cancer risk to be 27%, more than twice the average woman’s breast cancer risk of 12.4%.” Given a hypothetical scenario of an abnormality on a mammogram, “women’s anticipated regret was greater with follow-up imaging than with biopsy, while their anticipated relief was less with follow-up than with biopsy.”
On its website, CBS News (12/13) reports that physicians “in Southern California are testing a new technology that could” help detect cancer in women with dense breast tissue. The researchers are “testing a new three-dimensional ultrasound called SoftVue.” According to CBS News, “the machine scans the entire breast using sound waves.” The investigators are still enrolling patients in the study.
TODAY (12/12) reports on its website that the CDC “reports that 1 in 5 American children ages 3 through 17 – about 15 million – have a diagnosable mental, emotional or behavioral disorder in a given year.” However, just “20 percent of these children are ever diagnosed and receive treatment; 80 percent – about 12 million – aren’t receiving treatment.” The article points out that “the Child Mind Institute is collecting brain scans from 10,000 children and teens, hoping to identify biological markers of psychiatric illness.”
The Radiology Business Journal (12/11, Thakar) reports on a study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology finding that patients who use the Internet to research breast cancer and mammography most frequently conduct searches for “mammographic efficacy (31 percent) and mammographic screening guidelines (20 percent).” They mostly found answers recommending screening, and urged radiologists to answer such questions online and to do so while identifying themselves as radiologists. The study included “more than 197,000 views of mammogram or mammography-related questions” with a focus on “51 questions and 172 responses by medical professionals and 121 questions and 172 responses by nonmedical users.”
DOT Med News (12/8, Dubinsky) reported a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found that “community practices are not abiding by MR breast cancer screening guidelines.” The guidelines are supported by “the American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology and Society of Breast Imaging,” and “recommend MR exams for women who have a 20 percent or higher chance of developing breast cancer.” The study included data from the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium including “348,955 women in given regional BCSC regional registries who underwent mammograms and 1,499 who also received MR exams.” Overall, “about 83 percent of screening MR exams were performed on women who did not meet” the guidelines while “only a small amount of the women who met the professional guidelines received MR exams.”