Under 20 Percent Of Women In Medicare Population Received Digital Breast Tomosynthesis, Research Finds.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Aunt Minnie (1/2, Yee) reports that fewer than “20% of women in the Medicare population received digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) exams in 2015, the first year of Medicare coverage for the technology, according to research presented at the recent RSNA 2017 meeting.” Presenter Dr. Gilda Boroumand from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia explained in an interview, “Yes, fewer than 20% of breast cancer screening studies were performed with tomosynthesis in 2015, but that is still a large number considering the magnitude of effort and cost that is necessary for practices to acquire the technology.” Boroumand added, “The Medicare data are very useful. They confirm that tomosynthesis has crossed over from the experimental to the clinical realm and show that radiologists really have embraced this new technology.”