Few Women With High Lifetime Breast Cancer Risk Use Supplemental Breast MR Imaging.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Diagnostic Imaging (7/2) reports on a study published in the Journal of Women’s Health finding that “nearly half of women who have a high lifetime breast cancer risk undergo routine screening mammography, yet supplemental breast MR imaging remains widely underutilized in this group.” The study included data from “422,406 women who underwent routine mammography screening across 86 Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium (BCSC) facilities in 2012.” Overall, researchers found that about 44 percent (2,403 of 5,468) of women with the high lifetime risk went to a “facility with on-site breast MRI screening availability,” but just 6.6 percent of them “obtained breast MRI screening within a two-year window of their screening mammogram.”

Comparing Screening Imaging To Prior Mammograms May Often Eliminate Need For Recall.

Monday, July 2, 2018

The Radiology Business Journal (7/2, Walter) reports on a study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology finding that “when using digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) for screening mammography, radiologists can reduce recall rates by comparing their results with prior mammograms.” The study included “more than 8,000 mammograms...performed using a combination of full-field digital mammography (FFDM) and DBT, and more than 1,000...using FFDM only.” The researchers found that “comparing the screening mammogram with prior mammograms negated the need for recall for more than 67 percent of patients from the DBT group and for more than 55 percent of patients from the FFDM only group.”

Study: Access To Prior Mammography Images Reduces Recall Rates.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Aunt Minnie (7/2, Yee) reports that a study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology indicates that “having access to prior mammography images and comparing them with current digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) exams reduced recalls by almost 70%.” Dr. Laura Hardesty of the University of Colorado and colleagues wrote, “Our results demonstrate that comparison with prior mammograms has a similar effect on recall negation for mammograms performed with DBT as it does for mammograms performed with [DM].”