Molecular Imaging Techniques May Improve Cancer Detection Success Rates In Women With Mammographically Dense Breasts

Thursday, February 5, 2015
HealthImaging (2/5, Hocter) reports that research suggests that “cancer detection success rates in women with mammographically dense breasts can be significantly improved through molecular imaging techniques, even using a reduced radiation dose.” The findings were published in the American Journal of Roentgenology .

Forbes Contributor Looks Into Controversy Surrounding Mandatory Reporting Of Breast Density

Monday, February 2, 2015
Forbes (1/30) contributor Elaine Schattner, MD, wrote that so far, 21 states have “enact legislation on mandatory reporting of breast density found in breast cancer screening.” She wrote that last year, “Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) introduced the Breast Density and Mammography Reporting Act.” Schattner wrote that “there does seem to be a consensus among radiologists that ultrasound aids breast cancer detection in women with dense breasts.” However, some physicians are not in favor of laws requiring breast density reporting, with some arguing, among other things, that patients told that they have dense breasts may not know what to do with that information. 

CMS to Delete DBT/CAD Edit

Friday, January 30, 2015
At the urging of the American College of Radiology (ACR) and others, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will soon delete the edit for the code pair affecting the procedure-to-procedure edit for screening digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) and computer-aided breast cancer detection (CAD).

Daniel Kopans, MD, FSBI, Writes a Critique on the CNBS Study

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

An article and associated commentaries related to the Canadian National Breast Screening Study published in the journal Current Oncology continue to advocate against screening mammography despite the major flaws inherent in the trial. SBI Fellow, Daniel Kopans, MD, addresses the study. 

Adding DBT To Mammography May Yield Millions In US Healthcare Cost Savings

Thursday, January 15, 2015
Aunt Minnie (1/15, Yee) reports that a study conducted by Truven Health Analytics and published online Jan. 12 in the journal ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research suggests that “by reducing recalls and catching breast cancer earlier, digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) could yield hundreds of millions of dollars in US healthcare cost savings if it were added to mammography for annual breast cancer screening.” After estimating “the financial impact of using DBT along with digital mammography for annual screening in a hypothetical US managed care plan with one million members,” researchers found that use of DBT “would result in overall savings of $2.4 million per year for the plan.” Extrapolating the results further, the study authors concluded that “DBT could lead to as much as half a billion dollars in annual savings if it were used for the approximately 19 million screening mammograms performed annually in the US.”