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Asian Women Less Likely Than White Women to Get Follow-Up Test After Abnormal Mammogram, Study Suggests

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Reuters (6/13, Rapaport) reports on a study published in the journal Cancer finding that “after an abnormal mammogram, Asian women in the U.S. are less likely than white women to get follow-up tests to determine if they have breast cancer.” The study included data from 50,970 women with abnormal mammograms from 2000 to 2010. It showed “just 57 percent of Asian women got necessary follow-up tests within a month, compared with 77 percent of white patients.” Even after one year, 15 percent of the Asian women had not had the follow-up. Lead author Kim Hanh Nguyen of the University of California, San Francisco, said they found, “Filipino and Vietnamese women had the poorest outcomes in our study.”

Angelina Jolie May Not Have Motivated Women to be Screened for Breast Cancer, Study Suggests

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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.”

New Survey Finds Radiologists Are Back in Demand

Friday, June 9, 2017

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.'"

Mammography Screening Adheres Closer to USPSTF Guidelines Than Other Guidelines

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

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.

Deep-Learning Technique May Help Classify Breast Density on Mammography Images

Monday, June 5, 2017
Aunt Minnie (6/2, Ridley) reported that research suggests “a deep-learning technique shows promise for helping to classify breast density on mammography images.” Investigators “developed a deep learning-based method that could accurately classify mammograms into two of the most challenging BI-RADS density categories: B (scattered density) and C (heterogeneously dense).” The findings were presented at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine annual meeting.
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