The Radiology Business Journal (11/16, Maglaya) reports that “patients fighting breast cancer already face taxing physical and emotional obstacles – but” research indicates “they are also facing an increase in the number of imaging appointments.” In a statement, Richard Bleicher, MD, said, “The number of days patients are having mammograms, MRIs, and ultrasounds is going up steadily year by year. They’re having imaging done more frequently on separate dates during the preoperative interval than ever before.”
Diagnostic Imaging (11/15) reports, “When radiologists compare two or more prior mammograms, screening mammography recall rates are significantly reduced,” researchers found after analyzing data from “46,288 consecutive screening mammograms performed at the department of radiology and biomedical imaging, University of California, San Francisco, for 22,792 women.” The findings were published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Aunt Minnie (11/14, Rush) reports, “In its ongoing efforts to improve breast cancer detection rates, the” FDA “has announced that it plans to use its Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) inspection program to increase mammography image quality through a new venture it’s calling Enhancing Quality Using the Inspection Program.”
The Radiology Business Journal (11/8, Doss) reports that “imaging centers and public health organizations may need to devote additional resources to provide access to follow-ups after a positive mammography, according to Louise Henderson, PhD, assistant professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Department of Radiology.” According to the Journal, “Henderson was the senior author on a study published in Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention that found uninsured women younger than 65 years old had delayed follow-up appointments after a positive mammogram.” First author Danielle Durham, PhD, Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Cancer Institute, said, “It’s important to remember that this is a particular population of people who have sought care.” Dr. Durham added, “It would be interesting to see if these trends would be replicated in other populations in the United States.”