The Radiology Business Journal (2/15, Slachta) reports that “in addition to routine follow-up phone calls, clinicians are obligated to provide women with a written summary of mammography reports once their results become available, the FDA wrote in its most recent update on the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA).” The Journal adds, “Direct doctor-to-patient contact regarding mammography results isn’t just a request, the FDA wrote – it’s the law.”
DOT Med News (2/15, Dubinsky) reports that “the use of diagnostic digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) significantly reduces the rate of false positive exams.” The research is scheduled to be presented at the American Roentgen Ray Society annual meeting.
Reuters (2/15, Rapaport) reports that research suggests “women who get magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) screening tests for breast cancer are more likely to get invasive surgical biopsies to look for tumors than women who just get screening mammograms.” The study also indicated that “regardless of previous breast cancer history, when women get MRIs, fewer of the biopsies that follow result in a cancer diagnosis compared to when women had just a mammogram.” The findings were published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Aunt Minnie (2/9, Ridley) reports that a new study published online on January 24, 2018, in Medical Physics presents a deep-learning algorithm that can provide a fully-automated analysis of breast density on screening mammography exams, including density estimates that correlate well with assessments provided by radiologists. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center trained a deep-learning algorithm “to segment dense fibroglandular tissue on mammograms.” In testing, “the algorithm’s calculation of breast percent density (PD) correlated well with radiologists’ classifications of breast density using BI-RADS, and it also outperformed an existing breast density estimation algorithm, according to the authors.”
The Radiology Business Journal (2/9, Walter) reported that “false-positive stereotactic vacuum-assisted breast biopsies (SVABs) do not negatively affect a patient’s future screening mammography adherence.” The findings were published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.