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.”
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.”
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.
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.”