ACR Urging CMS To Reimburse Providers For Digital Breast Tomosynthesis

Thursday, July 24, 2014
The American College of Radiology (ACR) is urging the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reimburse providers for digital breast tomosynthesis. Women currently have to pay for tomosynthesis out of pocket, despite growing evidence of the technology's superiority over conventional digital mammography.

Study: Younger Age, Higher Anticipated Pain Significant Predictors Of Greater Breast Biopsy Pain

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
The vast majority of women experience only mild discomfort during image-guided breast biopsy, but some, namely younger women and those anticipating stronger pain to begin with, are more likely to experience greater levels of pain during the procedure, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology .

Lawmakers Introduce Federal Breast Density Legislation

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) have introduced breast density legislation aimed at improving breast cancer screening for women. Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn) and Steve Israel (NY) have introduced related legislation in the House.

Under the Breast Density and Mammography Reporting Act, providers would be required to include breast density information in mammogram reports, allowing women to discuss with their doctors whether they should pursue additional screening. Though several states have passed similar mandates, no federal requirement currently exists.

Google it: What search trends tell us about breast density knowledge

Monday, July 21, 2014
Google Trends, a feature of the search engine that allows users to track the frequency of searches, can offer insights into the general public’s information-seeking behavior on the topic of dense breasts, according to a study published online this month in Academic Radiology. 

Women Treated With Chest Radiotherapy For Childhood Cancers May Face Higher Breast Cancer Risk As Adults

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Women who survived childhood cancers treated with chest radiotherapy had a breast cancer risk 20 times greater than that of women in the general population, a study of 1,230 survivors showed.