HealthImaging (6/12, Pearson) reports Angelina Jolie may not have motivated women to be screened for breast cancer, according to a study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Researchers compared the “weekly utilization at Penn State Health’s multisite breast center over the two years prior to Jolie’s going public with her decision in May of 2013 and over the two years following,” and “found no changes in screening utilization after Jolie publicized her decision to undergo prophylactic bilateral...mastectomy.”
Aunt Minnie (6/8, Casey) reports that "for the first time in a decade, radiologists have landed back in the top 10 of search assignments for U.S. physicians by recruiting firm Merritt Hawkins, as employment conditions in the specialty continue to improve. Merritt Hawkins noted that radiologists had been absent from its top 10 list since 2007. The specialty's return is due to an increase in diagnostic imaging procedures, a more limited pool of candidates, and the proliferation of teleradiology services," and "renewed demand for radiologists is 'inevitable,' according to the report, 'because imaging remains central to diagnostic and procedural work in today's healthcare system, in which very little transpires without an image.'"
Aunt Minnie (6/7, Yee) reports mammography screening adheres more closely to the guidelines of the US Preventive Services Task Force than other guidelines, “and the frequency and proportion of women who undergo screening increase with age,” according to a study published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. The article points out that the American College of Radiology and other medical groups have different guidelines on mammography screening.