Diagnostic Imaging (10/17) reports that research indicated “supplemental screening ultrasound and MRI examinations among women with dense breast tissue increased after the implementation of the New Jersey breast density law (NJBDL), while use of MRI reduced the number of biopsies.” The findings were published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
The NPR (10/7, Hobson) “Shots” blog reports that “mammography can prevent deaths from breast cancer, but it’s not a perfect test,” as “it misses some cancers, especially in women with dense breast tissue, and flags abnormalities for follow-up tests that turn out to be benign, among other issues.” American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Commission Chair Debra Monticciolo, MD, FACR, and breast imaging commission member Barbara Monsees, MD, FACR, discuss the pros and cons of using other breast imaging technologies to address these issues.
Aunt Minnie (10/3) reports, “A coalition of patient groups and breast cancer experts are appealing to the U.S. Congress to protect a mandate in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires insurers to cover annual screening mammograms for women 40 and older.” AuntMinnie points out that the American College of Radiology us among “the patient groups backing the mandate.” In a statement, Dr. Debra Monticciolo, chair of the ACR’s breast imaging commission, said, “If Congress allows mandatory mammography insurance coverage to lapse for women 40 and older, many won’t be able to afford to get mammograms.” Dr. Monticciolo added, “Screening rates will drop. More women will die and the gains we have made against breast cancer may evaporate.”
Aunt Minnie (9/21, Yee) reports that “more than half of U.S. hospitals with websites and breast cancer screening services offer online mammography patient education material,” but research suggests this material is not always “understandable to patients.” Meanwhile, researchers found that “of the 1,753 hospital websites that offered mammography patient education materials, only 28% referenced one or more guidelines.” That “included guidelines from the American Cancer Society (19%), the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (5%), the American College of Radiology (3%), and other societies (7%).” The findings published online in the American Journal of Roentgenology.