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Low-Dose Techniques For Digital Mammography May Be Feasible, Research Suggests.

Thursday, September 8, 2016
Diagnostic Imaging (9/7) reports that research suggests “low-dose techniques for digital mammography may be feasible, as results are not substantially affected by variations in radiation dose.” The findings were published in Radiology. 

Trained Radiologists Can Identify Abnormal Mammograms In A Half-Second, Study Suggests.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
HealthDay (8/29, Preidt) reports that research suggests “trained radiologists can identify abnormal mammograms in a half-second.” Although “radiologists would never spend only a half-second to assess a real mammogram,” the findings “suggest there are detectable signs of breast cancer that radiologists notice immediately, the study authors said.” The research was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Aunt Minnie (8/30) also covers the story. 

Trained Radiologists Can Identify Abnormal Mammograms In A Half-Second, Study Suggests.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
HealthDay (8/29, Preidt) reports that research suggests “trained radiologists can identify abnormal mammograms in a half-second.” Although “radiologists would never spend only a half-second to assess a real mammogram,” the findings “suggest there are detectable signs of breast cancer that radiologists notice immediately, the study authors said.” The research was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Aunt Minnie (8/30) also covers the story. 

Cigna Now Says It Will Pay For Screening DBT.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Aunt Minnie (8/24) reports that “health insurer Cigna said it will now cover breast screening exams performed with digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT).” This reverses “a decision made late last year” by the insurer. 

Mammography May Provide Opportunity For Expanded Use Of Bundled Payments In The Radiology Field, Researchers Say

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

DOT Med News (8/23, Dubinsky) reports, “According to a new study conducted by the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute, mammography may provide an opportunity for the expanded use of bundled payments in the radiology field,” researchers found. The article quotes Dr. Geraldine McGinty, vice chair of the American College of Radiology Board of Chancellors and a member of the Neiman Institute’s advisory board, who “said in a statement, ‘As the US health care delivery system transitions from FFS to value based payments, it’s important that we [radiologists] are at the table to ensure that our patients have access to high quality imaging.’” Dr. McGinty added, “Shaping payment policy to support that access is at the core of the ACR’s mission.” 

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