Minnesota doctors now must report dense breast tissue on mammograms

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Minnesota mandated as of Aug. 1 that” physicians “notify women if their mammograms discover dense breast tissue, which can mask the presence of a tumor on an X-ray.” The Star Tribune points out that “letters with mammogram results started going out from Mayo Clinic this month with...tissue density” information, but “the response has been so mild that the clinic’s director, Dr. Karthik Ghosh, wonders if women are reading beyond the first sentence indicating a negative test result.” 

Combining DBT Plus 2D Mammography May Improve Radiologists’ Performance

Thursday, August 21, 2014
A study published in the September issue of Academic Radiology, “the clinical performance of radiologists improves when digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is combined with conventional 2D full-field digital mammography (FFDM) for breast cancer screening.” For the study, researchers looked at “10,878 screening exams conducted between May 2011 and January 2012 with both tomosynthesis and FFDM.” The study authors found that “radiologists have lower recall rates and their cancer detection rates are higher when both technologies are used.”

DBT Combined With FFDM May Improve Breast Cancer Detection

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Health Imaging reports that according to a study published in the September issue of the journal Academy Radiology, “combining digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) with full field digital mammography (FFDM) cut recall rates by 35 percent and dramatically improved breast cancer detection.” The study revealed that “the rate of invasive breast cancer detection was 66 percent higher when using DBT together with FFDM than when using only FFDM.” 

Letter: Senator John Mulroe says 3-D mammogram is a valuable screening tool

Thursday, August 7, 2014

In the letter, Senator John Mulroe says, "While Dr. Welch raises some debatable points, I believe more credence should be given to the facts from the recent groundbreaking Journal of the American Medical Association study on 3D mammograms. It showed that 3-D mammograms find 41 percent more invasive cancers — those are the lethal ones we need to find early — than traditional mammograms alone."

Regular Mammography Screening In Women 75 Years And Older May Be Beneficial

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Mammography-detected breast cancer is associated with a shift toward earlier stage diagnosis in women 75 years and older, subsequently reducing the rate of more advanced, difficult-to-treat cases, according to a new study published online in Radiology.