Missouri Passes Bill Requiring Coverage Of Breast Tomosynthesis.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Aunt Minnie (6/12) reports that before resigning last month, “Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) signed a bill into law that requires the state’s insurers to provide benefits and coverage for both 2D mammography and 3D digital breast tomosynthesis, according to the” ACR.

Breast Pain Can Lead To Imaging Overuse, Study Indicates.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Aunt Minnie (6/7, Yee) reports that “breast pain is common in women, but although it is not necessarily a sign of cancer, it continues to be a source of imaging referral, according to a study published online...in the American Journal of Roentgenology.” Aunt Minnie adds, “This referral for breast pain can lead to imaging overuse, wrote” the researchers.

Breast MRI Improves PPV For BI-RADS Category 4B Lesions, Study Indicates.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Aunt Minnie (6/6) reports that according to a study published online May 28 in Clinical Radiology, “breast MRI improves the positive predictive value (PPV) of BI-RADS category 4B (moderate suspicion of malignancy) for mammographic microcalcifications.” Researchers concluded, “If amorphous microcalcification with regional or grouped distribution on mammography shows no enhancement on MRI, follow-up could be considered rather than immediate biopsy,” adding, “In addition, breast MRI might have the potential to guide the best site to biopsy in category 4B microcalcification.”

Vermont Governor Signs Bill Requiring Insurers To Cover Additional Breast Imaging Services Without Enforcing Cost-Sharing Requirements.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Aunt Minnie (6/5) reports Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) signed HB 639 into law, which “requires insurers in that state to cover additional breast imaging services without enforcing cost-sharing requirements.” The state’s Department of Financial Regulation “will release a regulatory guidance outlining the coding structure for screening mammograms, ultrasound scans, and callback screenings.”

DM Plus DBT May Find 90% More Breast Cancer Than DM Alone, Study Suggests.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Aunt Minnie (6/5, Yee) reports researchers found that “the combination of digital mammography (DM) plus digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) finds 90% more breast cancer than digital mammography alone – and with a similar recall rate.” The findings were published in the journal Radiology. HemOnc Today (6/5, Polhamus) also covers the story.


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