Overweight Women May Be More Likely To Have Larger Tumors At Time Of Diagnosis, Study Suggests.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Newsweek (11/20, Dovey) reports that a study “suggests that in addition to being at higher risk of developing breast cancer, overweight women are more likely to have larger tumors at the time of diagnosis.” The findings are to be presented at the Radiological Society of North America meeting. 

FDA Approves Wire-Free Breast Tumor Locator For Long-Term Use.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Medscape (11/16, Nelson) reports that the Food and Drug Administration approved for long-term use the SAVI Scout reflector, a wire-free, nonradioactive breast tumor localization device that is part of the SAVI Scout surgical guidance system made by Cianna Medical Inc. Medscape says, “The system uses an intratumoral electromagnetic wave device, implanted under ultrasound or mammographic guidance, to localize occult breast lesions with a probe during surgery.” The approval is important because “with the new FDA clearance, it can remain in place during the period between biopsy and surgery,” reducing the need for reexcision. 

Bipartisan Legislation Seeks To Standardize Communication To Women Regarding Whether They Have Dense Breast Tissue On Mammography.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Aunt Minnie (11/10) reported that bipartisan legislation “that would standardize communication to women regarding whether they have dense breast tissue on mammography” has been “introduced in both the US House” and Senate. Among other things, the legislation “would set a minimum federal standard, as designated by the US Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), for notification about dense tissue and recommend that women discuss with their healthcare providers whether they would benefit from additional screening.” 

ACR Panel Publishes Appropriateness Criteria For Breast Cancer Screening.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Aunt Minnie (11/9) reports that “the American College of Radiology’s (ACR) expert panel on breast imaging has published appropriateness criteria for breast cancer screening.” The criteria were published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. 

Screening Mammography Remains Underutilized In Older Women, Analysis Concludes.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Radiology Business Journal (11/8, Walter) provides coverage of a new analysis exploring both the benefits and risks of undergoing screening mammography when women turn 75. According to the article, the authors of the analysis conclude that “women should not stop undergoing regular mammography based on their age alone.” They wrote, “Older women are a vulnerable population at risk of developing and dying from breast cancer; however, screening mammography remains underutilized in these women.” One author pointed out “that imaging societies have varying opinions on this issue.” For example, both the Society of Breast Imaging and the American College of Radiology do “not recommend stopping screening on the basis of age.” The findings were published in the American Journal of Roentgenology