The Radiology Business Journal (8/13, Walter) reports that “Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner [R] has signed the state’s breast density reporting legislation into law, making it the 36th state with such a bill in place.”
Aunt Minnie (8/13, Yee) reports that a study suggests “data from the American College of Radiology’s National Mammography Database (NMD) and data from state cancer registries can be successfully linked, which suggests that researchers could get a better sense of the performance of screening mammography.” The research was published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Medscape (8/10, Mulcahy, Subscription Publication) reported that research indicates “lumpectomy plus radiotherapy is associated with a statistically significant reduced risk for breast cancer–related death compared with either lumpectomy or mastectomy alone in women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS).” However, “the clinical benefit is small, say” the researchers. The findings were published in JAMA Network Open.
Aunt Minnie (8/8) reports the FDA approved computer-aided detection developer iCAD’s latest version of its PowerLook Density Assessment artificial intelligence software. The article explains that the software “is designed for automated and reproducible assessments of breast density to identify patients with dense breast tissue and subsequent reduced sensitivity to digital mammography.”
The Radiology Business Journal (8/8, Walter) reports a new study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found that many women are “skeptical about the concept of undergoing risk-based breast cancer screening.” Researchers said that in order to get more women “to feel comfortable” with mammographic screening, “communication from healthcare providers will need to significantly improve.”