Patient Engagement Strategies Being Leveraged to Increase Patients’ Receptiveness to Cancer Screening

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Radiology Business Journal (4/14) reported that “patient engagement strategies are being leveraged to bolster patients’ receptiveness to cancer screening, in turn increasing scanning utilization rates.” Debra Monticciolo, MD, chairman of the American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Commission, said, “Several factors currently keep these rates from being what they should be, but patient engagement has the potential to change things.” 

SBI/ACR Statement: Doctors Believe in Power of Mammography to Save Lives, Recommend Screening Starting at Age 40

Friday, April 14, 2017
U.S. doctors are recommending mammography for women outside of the guidelines of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), suggesting an understanding that more women’s lives are saved by starting breast cancer screening at age 40. This information was highlighted in a recent study about breast cancer screening recommendations in JAMA Internal Medicine and an accompanying editorial.

Kentucky to Enact a Breast Density Notification Law

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Aunt Minnie (4/12) reports that “Kentucky has become the 30th U.S. state to enact a” breast density notification law. This “law goes into effect in early July, according to the Are You Dense Advocacy group.” 

Contrast-Enhanced Digital Mammography May Be Cost-Effective Alternative to Breast MRI, Study Suggests

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Aunt Minnie (4/12, Yee) reports that research suggests “contrast-enhanced digital mammography (CEDM) is a cost-effective modality for routine breast cancer screening – and a viable substitute for breast MRI.” The findings were published online in the American Journal of Roentgenology. 

New Mexico Breast Density Reporting Bill Vetoed

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Aunt Minnie (4/11) reports that “New Mexico’s breast density reporting bill was vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez (R).” While the legislation “received unanimous support in both the house and senate,” the governor “did not take action on it before the April 7 deadline, resulting in a pocket veto.”