Healio (3/1, Miller) reports that research indicated “more than 80% of breast cancer screening MRIs conducted between 2007 and 2014 occurred in women who did not meet the professional guidelines for these screenings.” The findings were published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Healio points out that several groups, including the “American College of Radiology...recommend screening MRIs for women who have a 20% or higher risk for breast cancer, according to the researchers.”
The Deseret (UT) News (3/1) reports that the Utah Senate unanimously passed a bill that requires a warning from healthcare providers to women with dense breast tissue that mammograms may not detect their cancer. The bill requires that a statement be included with a woman’s mammogram results to inform her that dense breast tissue “can make it more difficult to fully and accurately evaluate your mammogram and detect early signs of cancer in the breast.”
The Radiology Business Journal (2/28, Walter) reports that research indicates that “when MRI-guided breast biopsy is canceled due to nonvisualization, follow-up imaging typically finds that the lesion has completely resolved.” However, the study “authors still recommend follow-up MRI imaging six months later...because some lesions do persist.” The findings were published in Academic Radiology.
Deseret (UT) News (2/28, Bankhead) reports that a survey found that “women often found radiology dense breast notifications (DBNs) difficult to understand and interpreted the notice incorrectly.” Researchers found that “overall, 49 of 58 women who received DBNs remembered the notifications, and all 30 women who completed a follow-up telephone survey remembered that the notice stated they had dense breasts.” But, “none of the survey participants mentioned details about the degree of breast density or how to obtain additional information.” The findings were published online in Patient Education & Counseling.
The Deseret (UT) News (2/26, Lockhart) reports Utah’s Senate Business and Labor Committee on Monday advanced a bill which would require healthcare providers to warn women with dense breast tissue that it may be challenging for a mammogram to screen them for potential breast cancer. The legislation dictates that patients must receive a statement explaining the complication, and includes updates that one legislator said made it “a little more specific about other forms of cancer screening examinations.”