Molecular Imaging Allows Physicians To Precisely Target A Patient’s Specific Cancer Cells

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
In a 1,700-word article, the Washington Post (4/28, Kolatch) reports on “molecular imaging, an emerging technology that allows” physicians “to precisely target a patient’s specific cancer cells.” This “approach allows for a reduction in radiation and chemotherapy and the debilitating side effects that accompany them.” 

DBT May Provide Overall Greater Cancer Detection Than Digital Mammography In Women With Dense Breast Tissue

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Diagnostic Imaging (4/25) reported that research suggests that “digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) provides overall greater cancer detection than digital mammography, especially among women with dense breast tissue.” The findings were presented at the American Roentgen Ray Society Annual Meeting. 

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Critical Of USPSTF’s Mammography Draft Recommendations

Friday, April 24, 2015
In the Washington Post (4/24) “To Your Health” blog, US Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) writes that the US Preventive Services Task Force’s mammography draft recommendations “could lead to insurance companies dropping coverage of mammograms for women under age 50, as well as other preventive techniques that would help protect young women from getting breast cancer and help those who do have it.” Rep. Wasserman Schultz writes, “I urge the USPSTF to reverse its recommendation and avoid the needless deaths that will inevitably result when women between 40 and 50 don’t get mammograms, believing that the experts said it would be unnecessary.” 

FDA Approves Siemens’ Tomosynthesis Add-On For Certain Digital Mammography Systems

Friday, April 24, 2015
HealthImaging (4/24) reports, “The FDA has approved the breast tomosynthesis add-on option for Siemens Healthcare’s MAMMOMAT Inspiration and MAMMOMAT Inspiration Prime Edition digital mammography systems.” Diagnostic Imaging (4/24) also covers the story. 

Physician Critical Of USPSTF Mammogram Recommendations

Thursday, April 23, 2015
The Salt Lake (UT) Tribune (4/23) reports, “Proposed government recommendations on when women should have mammograms are based on a ‘value judgment that has no basis in scientific fact,’ a Utah radiologist says.” The Tribune adds, “Brett Parkinson is the director of breast imaging at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray and chairman of the committee that accredits mammography programs for the American College of Radiology.” Parkinson criticizes the recommendations and says, “Mammography saves lives.”