Aunt Minnie (5/23, Yee) reports “second-opinion reads of mammograms initially performed at an outside facility identify more cancers and improve the positive predictive value of biopsy, even in patients without a breast cancer diagnosis,” according to a study published online May 19 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. “Even though providing patients with this service can be time-consuming and costly, the results suggest that it does improve patient care and may reduce healthcare costs overall, wrote a team led by Dr. Lauren Sen of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.”
The Radiology Business Journal (5/21, Slachta) reports that “select breast cancer patients could benefit greatly from MRI screenings designed to identify brain metastases, according to a research letter penned this month by Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center experts and published in JAMA Oncology.”
The Radiology Business Journal (5/21, Walter) reports researchers concluded that “seeking second-opinion interpretations of breast imaging studies in patients not presently diagnosed with breast cancer can provide significant value.” The findings were published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Aunt Minnie (5/18, Yee) reports a new study “found that using digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) in the diagnostic setting reveals more cancers and produces fewer false positives than 2D digital mammography, suggesting that DBT’s proven advantage for breast screening also carries over into the diagnostic realm.” The article explains that the results “are good news because a lower false-positive rate in the diagnostic setting can lead to improved patient care,” according to presenter Dr. Charmi Vijapura from Massachusetts General Hospital in a talk at the recent American Roentgen Ray Society meeting.
The Radiology Business Journal (5/17, Walter) reports Illinois may “become the 36th state that requires mammography providers to notify patients when it is determined they have dense breast tissue” after the state Senate passed “breast density reporting legislation, HB4392.” The House is currently reviewing an identical bill from the Senate. Illinois State Sen. John Mulroe, a sponsor of the bill, said in a prepared statement, “Over the years of working on legislation to address breast cancer, I have heard the heart-wrenching tales of how this disease has ravaged women and their families. If this legislation can save just one life or start just one conversation between a patient and their doctor, it will be well worth the effort.”