Software that Quickly Analyzes Mammograms, Patient History to Determine Breast Cancer Risk May Save Time, Reduce Unnecessary Biopsies, Study Suggests

Monday, September 26, 2016

HealthDay (9/22, Preidt) reports, that “software that quickly analyzes mammograms and patient history to determine breast cancer risk could save time and reduce unnecessary biopsies, according to the developers of the technology.” This “software was used to evaluate mammograms and pathology reports of 500 breast cancer patients.” Researchers found that “it did so 30 times faster than” physicians “and with 99 percent accuracy.” The findings were published in Cancer. 

Breast Density Website Reminds Patients to Dig Deeper on Internet Searches

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Society of Breast Imaging released a list of websites women can look up for useful and reliable information about breast density.

Hospital Websites’ Mammography Patient Information Not Always Easily Understood by Patients, Study Suggests

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Aunt Minnie (9/21, Yee) reports that “more than half of U.S. hospitals with websites and breast cancer screening services offer online mammography patient education material,” but research suggests this material is not always “understandable to patients.” Meanwhile, researchers found that “of the 1,753 hospital websites that offered mammography patient education materials, only 28% referenced one or more guidelines.” That “included guidelines from the American Cancer Society (19%), the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (5%), the American College of Radiology (3%), and other societies (7%).” The findings published online in the American Journal of Roentgenology. 

ACOs May Increase Utilization Rates for Screening Mammography

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Aunt Minnie (9/20, Yee) reports that “healthcare reforms such as accountable care organizations (ACOs) appear to boost utilization rates for screening mammography – for some demographic groups by as much as 42%,” which “suggests that incentive-based programs like ACOs might just work to boost quality and cut costs, according to a new study published online...in Radiology.” 

Prior False-Positive Mammogram Appears Not to Deter Women from Abandoning Screening Mammography Guidelines, Study Finds.

Friday, September 16, 2016
HealthImaging (9/14, Pearson) reports, “Women who receive false-positive mammograms may be disconcerted, aggravated or otherwise put off by the experience, but they don’t subsequently abandon screening mammography guidelines en masse,” researchers found. The findings were published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.