Aunt Minnie (6/14, Yee) reports that according to a study published online June 12 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, “breast density assessments rendered by radiologists from synthesized 2D digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) exams are comparable to those rendered from standard 2D mammography images.” Citing Dr. Irfanullah Haider of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the article says the finding “suggests that synthesized 2D images could replace standard 2D mammography, which is good news as more women seek additional imaging because they have dense breast tissue.”
HealthImaging (6/14, Rohman) reports researchers found “breast density measurements by radiologists on synthesized digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), or synthesized mammography (SM), exams are equivalent to breast density measurements found with a full-field digital mammogram (FFDM), or standard 2D mammography.” The findings were published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
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.”