The Bend (OR) Bulletin (3/9, Bannow) reports all of Central Oregon’s imaging providers have switched to 3-D mammography machines after the federal government approved their usage. The Bulletin writes, “At its meeting Thursday, the commission that decides what OHP covers may vote on whether the program will pay for 3-D mammography for women ages 40 to 74 with an average breast cancer risk. The program for low-income individuals currently covers 2-D mammography for that population.” Physicians in Oregon point to studies demonstrating the effectiveness of 3-D machines as reasons for the need to cover the procedures, and they also pointed to claims that the switch could save the state $8.14 per scan.
The Radiology Business Journal (3/9, Doss) reports that research suggests “MRI can be a useful tool for taking a second look at mammograms that are considered inconclusive in a process known as ‘problem-solving MRI,’ but radiologists should be cautious about the possibility of false negatives.” The findings were published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Aunt Minnie (3/9, Yee) reports that research suggests “women at high risk of breast cancer who receive letters that outline their options for additional imaging with contrast-enhanced MRI are more likely to follow through on this additional imaging.” The findings were published online in Health Communication.
Aunt Minnie (3/5, Yee) reported that research suggests “adding digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) to preoperative digital mammography and ultrasound reduces the re-excision rate of surgical treatment for breast cancer.” The findings were presented at ECR 2017.
In a two-minute segment on Friday, NBC Nightly News (3/3, story 9, 2:05, Holt) reported on “3-D mammography.” NBC News correspondent Ann Thompson said, “Now available in one-third of the nation’s imaging centers, 3-D mammography costs up to $75 more.” She added that while “not all insurers cover the costs...Medicare does, and some states are mandating coverage.”