Ultrasound Lags Behind MRI When It Comes To Screening For Supplemental Breast Cancer

Thursday, March 5, 2015
Radiation Therapy News (3/5, Santos) reports that research “published in the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR) found that ultrasound lags behind MRI when it comes to screening for supplemental breast cancer.” In a press release, the researchers wrote, “To realize ultrasound’s potential to increase the number of cancers detected, intensive training programs need to be put in place for physician performers and interpreters for both handheld and automated breast ultrasound systems.”

Study: Nearly Half Of Women Who Are Eligible For Mammography Screening Have Never Heard Of Breast Density

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Aunt Minnie (3/3, Yee) reports that research published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology indicates that “nearly half of women who are eligible for mammography screening have never heard of breast density, and approximately half are unaware of breast density’s effect on cancer detection and risk.” The investigators found that “this knowledge gap appears to be influenced by factors such as race, income, and education.” 

Breast Biopsies May Be Unnecessary For Breast Lesions Found By Breast MRI And Characterized As BI-RADS 2

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Diagnostic Imaging (2/25) reports that research published in Clinical Radiology suggests that “breast biopsies are unnecessary for breast lesions found by breast MRI and characterized as BI-RADS 2.” In the study, “no lesions that were classified as BI-RADS 2 were found to be malignant.”

Modifiers 59 and GG Advised for Mammo Studies

Friday, February 20, 2015
In response to an American College of Radiology (ACR) appeal to delete the newly created diagnostic/screening mammography code edits, the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) medical director has notified the ACR that the Centers from Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and NCCI discussed this issue during a recent teleconference call.