Study: Breast MRI Still Lacks Adequate Benchmarks For Assessing Quality

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Breast MRI “still lacks adequate benchmarks for assessing quality,” according to a study published in this month’s Journal of the American College of Radiology. Specifically, researchers “found a major difference in the performance of breast MRI based on whether it was being used for screening or diagnostic indications.” In describing the study in greater detail, Aunt Minnie references American College of Radiology (ACR) guidelines. 

Performance Measures For Breast MRI May Vary Significantly For Screening, Diagnostic Examinations

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
A research published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology suggests that “performance measures for breast MRI vary significantly for screening and diagnostic examinations.” Investigators “concluded that the performance of breast MRI measures differ significantly between indications and that medical audits should take this into consideration, calculating performance measurements for screening and diagnostics separately.” 

Lack Of Interest May Be Most Common Barrier To Mammography Screening In Rural Kentucky

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Diagnostic Imaging reports that research presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Breast Cancer Symposium in San Francisco, CA, “the most common barrier to regular mammography screening” in rural areas of Kentucky “may be a lack of interest on the part of women.” After surveying some 328 women age 40 and over in 10 counties, researchers “found that more than one-third of women who had not had a mammogram said they had no interest in doing so.” The study authors theorized that women might not be educated on the benefits of breast screening. 

Signed Letters From Physicians May Improve Mammography Screening Rates

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
OncLive reports that “women who received signed letters from their family physician along with scheduled postcard reminders are more likely to return for mammography screening than women who only received a postcard, according to results presented...in advance of the 2014 Breast Cancer Symposium.” Data indicated that during “a 6-month period, 22.3% of women who received only postcards returned for screening, compared with 33.2% of those who received both forms of outreach.” 

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.