Researchers Offer Suggestions To Improve Breast Imaging Fellowships.

Monday, August 20, 2018

The Radiology Business Journal (8/20, Slachta) reports on breast imaging fellowships, adding that “a group of Harvard Medical researchers wrote in the Journal of the American College of Radiology this month that a combination of organized rotations, regular feedback, structured learning activities and increased community participation could help homogenize programs across the country.” The authors wrote that the guidelines from the American College of Radiology and Society of Breast Imaging “have failed to standardize fellowship practices.” The authors suggested that a fellowship be divided “into four year-long segments,” so that fellows would “progress from the ‘advanced beginner’ to ‘expert’ stages.”

Study Finds Verbal Followup Is Best For Breast Imaging Patients With Mammograms That Are Inconclusive.

Monday, August 20, 2018

The Radiology Business Journal (8/20, Slachta) reports on a study published in Academic Radiology finding that verbal communication “is the best way to achieve timely follow-up with breast imaging patients whose mammograms are inconclusive.” Verbal follow-up was found “superior to email, snail mail and EMR-generated reminders in reaching out to patients whose mammograms were assigned a BI-RADS score of 0.” The study “included 34,680 mammography examinations across 28 facilities.”

Structural, Organizational Guidance For Breast Imaging Fellowships Is In Need Of Improvement, JACR Article Says.

Friday, August 17, 2018

HealthImaging (8/17, Rohman) reported that “in 2013, the American College of Radiology and Society of Breast Imaging created standardized curriculum for U.S. breast imaging fellowships,” but “structural and organizational guidance for these fellowships is in need of improvement, according to an article published...in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.” While “breast imaging fellows learn the most from their own clinical work, successful fellowships should embrace a structured developmental framework rich in opportunity, support and feedback, the authors wrote.”

DBT’s Benefits Vary Between US And Europe, Research Indicates.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Aunt Minnie reports a new meta-analysis published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute “has reaffirmed the value of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) for breast screening, with DBT detecting more cancers with fewer recalls.” However, “DBT’s effect varied significantly between the U.S. and Europe.” The study found the cancer detection rate with DBT “was higher in studies from Europe, perhaps due to the longer intervals between screens in Europe, which meant that tomosynthesis caught more cancers.”

Illinois Breast Density Reporting Legislation Signed Into Law.

Monday, August 13, 2018

The Radiology Business Journal (8/13, Walter) reports that “Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner [R] has signed the state’s breast density reporting legislation into law, making it the 36th state with such a bill in place.”