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ACR urges CMS to cover breast tomosynthesis
July 24, 2014 -- The American College of Radiology (ACR) is urging the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reimburse providers for the extra cost of digital breast tomosynthesis. Women currently have to pay extra for tomosynthesis out of pocket, despite growing evidence of the technology's superiority over conventional digital mammography.
Google Trends: A new source for women's health research?
July 16, 2014 -- Online searches have become a major source of public health information, used by researchers to track hot topics such as the spread of infectious disease. But analyzing Internet searches could also help monitor patient knowledge and anxiety about noninfectious diseases such as breast cancer, according to a new study.
Doctor bonuses do not boost screening compliance
July 15, 2014 -- The Canadian province of Ontario spent almost $110 million ($102 million U.S.) on bonuses intended to motivate family physicians to screen more of their patients for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer, but the program didn't translate into improved screening rates, according to a new study in the Annals of Family Medicine.
HOPPS 2015 rule would boost breast biopsy payments
July 10, 2014 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released a proposed rule for its 2015 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS), bringing good news to radiology in the form of a 51% increase in payment for breast biopsy procedures.
Practice of Ultrasound: Part 16 -- Breast ultrasound screening
July 10, 2014 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the 16th in a series of columns on the practice of ultrasound from Dr. Jason Birnholz, one of the pioneers of the modality. In this installment, he discusses breast cancer screening in general and the role of ultrasound in particular.
Study: Older women don't benefit from new breast technology
July 1, 2014 -- Medicare is paying millions of dollars for new breast imaging technologies for older women that aren't having a measurable effect on cancer detection, according to a new study published July 1 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Breast cancer risk profiles differ in developing nations
July 1, 2014 -- Breast cancer incidence is rising all over the world, especially in developing countries, where its epidemiological features differ from those in Western countries, according to a study in the European Journal of Cancer that used North African countries as an example.
Volume trumps experience when reading mammograms
June 30, 2014 -- When reading screening mammograms, the number of studies read per year is more important in determining the ability to detect cancer than the experience of the reader, according to a new study in the Journal of Medical Imaging that compared U.S. and Australian radiologists.
Native American, rural women have less access to breast MRI
June 27, 2014 -- Most U.S. women have relatively easy access to mammography and breast ultrasound, but breast MRI presents a greater challenge, especially for Native American women and those in rural areas, according to a new study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
4-scan PET/MRI exams improve breast imaging
June 25, 2014 -- Austrian researchers added PET/CT to a package of three MRI sequences to create fused PET/MR images, which they found aided in the differentiation of suspicious breast lesions, according to a new study published online in Clinical Cancer Research.
JAMA: Adding tomo to mammography finds more cancer
June 24, 2014 -- Adding digital breast tomosynthesis to mammography screening boosts the detection of invasive cancer by more than a third compared to mammography alone while reducing the number of false positives by 15%, according to a study in the June 25 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
DBT not only finds more cancers, but more invasive ones
June 18, 2014 -- In community practice, digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) performed better than conventional 2D mammography, reducing recall rates, increasing overall cancer detection, and increasing the detection of invasive cancer, according to research published online June 11 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Breast tomosynthesis adoption uneven across the U.S.
June 17, 2014 -- When used with digital mammography, digital breast tomosynthesis has been shown to improve the diagnostic accuracy of breast cancer screening and diagnosis. But exactly how and where is it being used in the U.S.? Researchers investigated this question and presented their findings in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Synthesized 2D images dramatically reduce DBT radiation dose
June 13, 2014 -- Breast imagers reading 2D images synthetically reconstructed from digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) data had comparable performance to those reading conventional 2D mammography and DBT scans for breast cancer screening, while exposing women to less radiation dose, according to a study published in the June issue of Radiology.
Cancer: Screening mammo cuts incidence of late-stage cancer
June 12, 2014 -- Over the past 30 years, screening mammography has not only identified more early-stage breast cancer, it decreased the incidence of late-stage disease by more than a third, according to a study published online in the journal Cancer.
MDCT: Kalender offers update on breast CT
June 12, 2014 -- Clinical trials for a high-resolution breast CT scanner will begin in Germany in early 2015, according to a talk by Willi Kalender, PhD, at the International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT (MDCT). The hope is that the technology will outperform full-field digital mammography and breast tomosynthesis at equivalent dose levels.
Incidental findings on CT predict cardiovascular disease risk
May 28, 2014 -- Incidental findings on routine chest CT exams can be used to accurately predict risk for serious cardiovascular events, according to a just-published study in Radiology. Such findings could be preclinical signs of atherosclerosis and support an imaging-based model for risk prediction.
Talks by radiologists can reduce patient anxiety over screening
May 27, 2014 -- Screening mammography is under intense scrutiny, with critics questioning its efficacy and calling attention to its harms -- including patient anxiety in the face of false positives. Direct and proactive education offered by mammographers can counter these questions, according to research presented at the recent American Roentgen Ray Society meeting.
Mary's Musings: Can big data add insight to breast screening?
May 22, 2014 -- Dr. Mary Morrison Saltz enters the fray over breast screening in this month's column, in which she addresses the uncertainty over whether screening mammography is effective and how it might be improved. She also makes a surprising confession of her own.
Uterine artery embolization (UAE) in the UAE
May 21, 2014 -- Since it was first introduced in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) several years ago, uterine artery embolization has become a popular procedure for many young women who have symptomatic uterine fibroids. In this article, the team that introduced UAE to the UAE describes the procedure and its advantages.
Study: Do fetal anatomy US scans earlier in obese women
May 19, 2014 -- Morbidly obese pregnant women face a greater risk of poor outcomes and can be difficult to image adequately on prenatal ultrasound. For that reason, fetal anatomy ultrasound scans should be performed earlier in these women, with the optimal gestational age for scans dropping as body mass index goes up.
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