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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.