Annual Mammography At Age 40 Significantly Cuts Mortality, Study Indicates.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Aunt Minnie (9/5, Yee) reports according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, a “screening mammography program that begins when a woman is 40 and continues on an annual basis is the most effective for reducing mortality rates” because “screening that starts earlier and is performed every year finds breast cancer in its earlier stages, which boosts a woman’s chances of beating the disease.” Study author Dr. Samir Patel of Elkhart General Hospital in Indiana wrote, “Breast cancer survival is related to many factors, but stage at diagnosis is a critical determinant, with greater survival at a lower stage at diagnosis.”

Supplemental Ultrasound May Increase Cancer Detection Rates Of Mammography, Study Suggests.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Radiology Business Journal (9/5, Thakar) reports researchers found that “cancer detection rates” from mammography “can increase by as much as 40 percent with supplemental ultrasound.” The findings were published in the British Journal of Cancer.

Handheld Ultrasound With CADx Helps Triage Breast Masses, Research Indicates.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Aunt Minnie (8/31, Yee) reports that according to an article published online August 29 in the Journal of Global Oncology, “researchers successfully used a combination of handheld ultrasound and computer-aided diagnosis (CADx) software to triage women in Mexico who had palpable breast masses,” which could improve access to screening mammography. The team wrote that the results “open up the possibility of implementing practical, cost-effective triage of palpable breast lumps, ensuring that scarce resources can be dedicated to suspicious lesions requiring further workup.”

Mammography Screening Rate Declined Among Women With History Of Breast Cancer After USPSTF Changed Its Breast Screening Guidelines, Study Indicates.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Aunt Minnie (8/22, Yee) reports that research indicates “the mammography screening rate declined among women with a history of breast cancer after the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) changed its breast screening guidelines for average-risk women in 2009.” This “decline seems to be an unintended consequence of the guideline change.” The findings were published in a research letter in JAMA Surgery.

Study Finds Screening Mammography Is Useful For Breast Cancer Patients Treated With Mastectomy And Reconstruction.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The Radiology Business Journal (8/21, Walter) reports on a study published in Radiology finding that “screening mammography is a reasonable surveillance tool for breast cancer patients treated with mastectomy and breast reconstruction with autologous myocutaneous flaps.” Yet it also found that such screening “provides little additional value...if the patient had reconstruction after a prophylactic mastectomy.” The study included “data from 515 women who had undergone mammography of 618 AMFs between Jan. 1, 2000, and July 15, 2015.” Of these, “78.5 percent were performed after mastectomy for cancer” while the balance “were performed after prophylactic mastectomy.”