Hospital Websites’ Mammography Patient Information Not Always Easily Understood by Patients, Study Suggests

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Aunt Minnie (9/21, Yee) reports that “more than half of U.S. hospitals with websites and breast cancer screening services offer online mammography patient education material,” but research suggests this material is not always “understandable to patients.” Meanwhile, researchers found that “of the 1,753 hospital websites that offered mammography patient education materials, only 28% referenced one or more guidelines.” That “included guidelines from the American Cancer Society (19%), the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (5%), the American College of Radiology (3%), and other societies (7%).” The findings published online in the American Journal of Roentgenology. 

ACOs May Increase Utilization Rates for Screening Mammography

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Aunt Minnie (9/20, Yee) reports that “healthcare reforms such as accountable care organizations (ACOs) appear to boost utilization rates for screening mammography – for some demographic groups by as much as 42%,” which “suggests that incentive-based programs like ACOs might just work to boost quality and cut costs, according to a new study published online...in Radiology.” 

Prior False-Positive Mammogram Appears Not to Deter Women from Abandoning Screening Mammography Guidelines, Study Finds.

Friday, September 16, 2016
HealthImaging (9/14, Pearson) reports, “Women who receive false-positive mammograms may be disconcerted, aggravated or otherwise put off by the experience, but they don’t subsequently abandon screening mammography guidelines en masse,” researchers found. The findings were published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. 

Researchers Seeking To Develop Thermal Breast Screening.

Friday, September 9, 2016
Aunt Minnie (9/8) reports, “The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and Rochester Regional Health in New York are collaborating to develop thermal breast cancer screening techniques.” Their “two-year project will explore whether modern thermal, or infrared, imaging can serve as an alternative to ultrasound or MRI in a complementary role to conventional mammography.” 

Initiative Seeks To Improve Accuracy Of Mammography Screening.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Aunt Minnie (9/7) reports that the Digital Mammography Dream Challenge, “an initiative to improve the accuracy of mammography screening, has commenced with a $1.2 million incentive for research leading to algorithms that would improve cancer detection while reducing false positives.” Participants “will use anonymous patient data from a database that includes some 650,000 digitized mammograms.” Aunt Minnie adds that “the algorithms will be evaluated using data on patient outcomes and will be scored based on accuracy.”