Uninsured Women Younger Than 65 Years Old Delay Follow-Up Appointments After Positive Mammogram, Study Indicates

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Radiology Business Journal (11/8, Doss) reports that “imaging centers and public health organizations may need to devote additional resources to provide access to follow-ups after a positive mammography, according to Louise Henderson, PhD, assistant professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Department of Radiology.” According to the Journal, “Henderson was the senior author on a study published in Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention that found uninsured women younger than 65 years old had delayed follow-up appointments after a positive mammogram.” First author Danielle Durham, PhD, Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Cancer Institute, said, “It’s important to remember that this is a particular population of people who have sought care.” Dr. Durham added, “It would be interesting to see if these trends would be replicated in other populations in the United States.” 

Incidental Breast Lesions May Rarely Be Detected on Abdominal MRI, But Considerable Number of Such Lesions May Represent Breast Cancer, Study Suggests

Monday, November 7, 2016

HealthImaging (11/4, Pearson) reported that “breast lesions seldom turn up incidentally in abdominal MRI scans,” but “when they do, quite a few turn out to be malignant.” Thus, “radiologists interpreting women’s abdominal MRIs should be on the lookout for breast abnormalities.” Researchers “make this observation and recommendation in a study published online...in the American Journal of Roentgenology.” 

Recall Rate of Screening Mammography May Be Reduced When Physicians Compare Present and Past Mammograms

Monday, November 7, 2016

HealthImaging (11/4, Livernois) reported that “the recall rate of screening mammography is greatly reduced when physicians compare present and past mammograms.” The findings were published in the American Journal of Roentgenology. 

Radiology Departments Would Benefit From Increased DBT Utilization, Article Says

Monday, November 7, 2016

The Radiology Business Journal (11/4, Doss) reported, “Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is a burgeoning modality that offers many advantages over basic digital mammography, including improved recall rates, workflow, and a wide range of uses both inside and outside of mammography.” Although “there are minor drawbacks with DBT, radiology departments would benefit from increased utilization, according to an article published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.” 

Few Hospitals Providing Information on Mammography for Patients at Recommended Reading Level or With References to Professional Guidelines, Study Says

Thursday, November 3, 2016

HealthImaging (11/2, Gregory) reports that research suggests “few hospitals are providing information on mammography for patients at the recommended reading level or with references to professional guidelines.” The researchers wrote, “Overall nationally, the mean readability score ranged between the 10th and 14th grade levels – far above the expected reading comprehension level of average American patients.” The findings were published in AJR.