More Than Half of US States Have Passed Breast Density Notification Laws

Monday, May 16, 2016

Diagnostic Imaging (5/13) reported on breast density notification laws, which have been passed in more than half of US states. The article points out that “the ACR has provided some resources for physicians who would like to learn more about the breast density laws.” The group also has “some sample lay report letters for physicians’ use or adaptation.”

Link Between Race And Breast Cancer Survival Sparks Debate Over Screening

Monday, May 9, 2016

In a 2,300-word article, Modern Healthcare (5/7, Rice, Johnson, Subscription Publication) reported on “a long-standing conundrum in cancer care: Race and ethnicity are closely correlated with survival rates, especially with breast cancer.” Research suggests “young black women are more likely to contract the disease than” young white women. This “has put a target on the latest recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force...whose guidelines for tests such as mammograms determine whether plans sold on the Affordable Care Act exchanges must offer the services free of charge.” Dr. Debra Monticciolo, chairwoman of the American College of Radiology’s Breast Imaging Commission, said, “This type of disparity just has not been taken into account in the studies leading up to the guideline in the guideline process, and it’s really unfortunate.” Dr. Monticciolo said, “Women in the black population and the Hispanic population are really being left behind.” 

ACR’s National Mammography Database May Help Breast Imaging Facilities Efficiently Track Their Performance Quality

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Aunt Minnie (5/4, Yee) reports that the American College of Radiology’s National Mammography Database may help breast imaging facilities efficiently track their “performance quality as part of Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) requirements.” Aunt Minnie adds, “Established in 2008, the National Mammography Database (NMD) is part of the organization’s National Radiology Data Registry.” The article points out that “it was designed to help breast imaging centers and individual radiologists measure their performance against their peers, wrote a team led by Dr. Cindy Lee from the University of California, San Francisco, in an article published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.”