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USPSTF May Unveil New Mammography Recommendations Early Next Year

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
“Healthopolis” blog reports, “After facing a backlash over its 2009...mammography” recommendations, the United States Preventive Services Task Force “is seeking to keep the public informed about its efforts to update its recommendations on breast cancer screening.” The task force “may unveil its next mammography recommendation...early” next year.

Federal Study Says Physicians Need More Information About Breast Cancer Imaging Options

Friday, October 3, 2014
Congressional Quarterly reports that the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in conjunction with the Pacific Northwest Evidence-Based Practice Center issued a report saying that American doctors need more information about the relative benefits and drawbacks of different imaging technology available to them when diagnosing and treating breast cancer. Physicians do not always understand when to use different technologies, including magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, positron emission tomography, PET/CT, and bone scans. CQ describes AHRQ as “a lesser known agency within the Department of Health and Human Services that funds work helping doctors choose among competing treatments and approaches to illness.”

GE's 3D mammography device gets U.S. FDA approval

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

General Electric Co's healthcare unit last week won U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for its mammography device that produces three-dimensional images to detect breast cancer. According to the company's website, the device, SenoClaire, uses imaging technology that combines low radiation-dosed X-rays from multiple angles to produce a superior mammogram.

Breast Cancer Screening Said To Present “Legal Minefield For Providers”

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Health Imaging reports that “breast cancer screening presents a legal minefield for providers, and breast density notification laws are set to add another wrinkle to the already complex situation, according to a presentation at the annual meeting of AHRA.” The piece notes that “one of the issues is a misconception among the public about what mammography screening can actually accomplish,” according to Bonnie Rush, RT, president of Breast Imaging Specialists in San Diego. 
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