New York Lawmakers Reach Deal Aimed at Expanding Breast Cancer Screening

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The AP (6/13) reports New York lawmakers are “poised to expand access to breast cancer screening” by ordering “210 hospitals to expand hours when mammograms are offered and require insurance companies to eliminate deductibles and co-pays for the screening and some other diagnostic tests.” Newsday (NY) (6/13, Gormley) also covers the story. 

ACR Supports Provisions Of New Measure to Delay Implementation of USPSTF Screening Recommendations to 2019

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Radiology Business Journal (6/10, Walter) reports that the American College of Radiology has issued a prepared statement “saying it supports provisions in a new Senate bill that would extend the current two-year delay in implementation of US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) breast cancer screening recommendations.” Under the measure, called “The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act,” the delay, “which is currently scheduled to expire in 2017,” would be extended to 2019. In the statement, Geraldine McGinty, MD, MBA, vice chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors, said, “We strongly urge the Senate and House to pass these continued protections for women and their families into law.” 

Society of Breast Imaging 2015 Annual Report

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Society of Breast Imaging published the first Annual Report to commemorate 2015 and the society's work. In 2015, SBI celebrated 30 years of service to patients and professionals in the breast imaging field. The annual report includes the size of the society, its recent accomplishments and its initiatives. 

All Women Turning 40 Should Get A Breast Cancer Risk Assessment, Research Suggests

Friday, April 15, 2016

HealthDay (4/14, Thompson) reports that a study “suggests that all women turning 40 should get a breast cancer risk assessment, since half of them may have risks that are high enough to warrant annual mammograms right away.” This “review of female patients between the ages of 40 and 44 found that 50 percent had an above-average risk for breast cancer, and therefore would be eligible to begin screening mammography at age 40, said lead researcher Dr. Jennifer Plichta.” The research “also found a significant percentage of women would qualify for other breast screening methods, including breast MRI and genetic testing, Plichta said.” The study was presented at the American Society of Breast Surgeons annual meeting. Aunt Minnie (4/15, Yee) also covers the story. 

Five Steps May Help Breast Imagers Defuse The Overdiagnosis Argument, Researchers Say

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Aunt Minnie (3/31, Yee) reports, “Overdiagnosis has emerged as a major flash point in the debate over breast screening.” Nevertheless, “breast imagers can defuse the overdiagnosis argument with five steps that use the power of advanced imaging to make screening more precise and less invasive,” research published online March 23 in Academic Radiology suggests. In the study, researchers “offered ideas that range from adjusting biopsy protocols and exploring new screening technologies to tapping into the power of radiomics, or assessing quantitative features in images.” Other ideas “include using imaging biomarkers to track malignancy and tailoring treatment to individual patients.”