DBT May Provide Overall Greater Cancer Detection Than Digital Mammography In Women With Dense Breast Tissue

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Diagnostic Imaging (4/25) reported that research suggests that “digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) provides overall greater cancer detection than digital mammography, especially among women with dense breast tissue.” The findings were presented at the American Roentgen Ray Society Annual Meeting. 

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Critical Of USPSTF’s Mammography Draft Recommendations

Friday, April 24, 2015
In the Washington Post (4/24) “To Your Health” blog, US Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) writes that the US Preventive Services Task Force’s mammography draft recommendations “could lead to insurance companies dropping coverage of mammograms for women under age 50, as well as other preventive techniques that would help protect young women from getting breast cancer and help those who do have it.” Rep. Wasserman Schultz writes, “I urge the USPSTF to reverse its recommendation and avoid the needless deaths that will inevitably result when women between 40 and 50 don’t get mammograms, believing that the experts said it would be unnecessary.” 

FDA Approves Siemens’ Tomosynthesis Add-On For Certain Digital Mammography Systems

Friday, April 24, 2015
HealthImaging (4/24) reports, “The FDA has approved the breast tomosynthesis add-on option for Siemens Healthcare’s MAMMOMAT Inspiration and MAMMOMAT Inspiration Prime Edition digital mammography systems.” Diagnostic Imaging (4/24) also covers the story. 

Physician Critical Of USPSTF Mammogram Recommendations

Thursday, April 23, 2015
The Salt Lake (UT) Tribune (4/23) reports, “Proposed government recommendations on when women should have mammograms are based on a ‘value judgment that has no basis in scientific fact,’ a Utah radiologist says.” The Tribune adds, “Brett Parkinson is the director of breast imaging at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray and chairman of the committee that accredits mammography programs for the American College of Radiology.” Parkinson criticizes the recommendations and says, “Mammography saves lives.” 

Physicians React to USPSTF Recommendations

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
MedPage Today (4/22) reports, “In reaffirming its position on breast cancer screening, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) received mixed but mostly unfavorable reviews from a small sample of practicing physicians responding to a MedPage Today request.” MedPage Today adds, “Representing radiologists, primary care physicians, and obstetrician/gynecologists, the respondents focused on the same two issues that have kept the USPSTF recommendation at the center of controversy: routine screening starting at age 50 and biennial screening, irrespective of age.” The article discusses the response from Davide Bova, MD, medical director of diagnostic radiology at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, and adds that “in his practice, radiologists follow recommendations supported by the American Cancer Society and American College of Radiology.”