A radiologist confronts her own breast cancer April 22, 2015 -- University of Pittsburgh radiologist Dr. Wendie Berg, PhD, was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2014, after discovering that she has dense breast tissue and undergoing a breast MRI. In this article, Dr. Berg describes her personal experience and announces the launch of a new website, DenseBreast-info.org.
Group offers details on USPSTF breast screening meta-analysis April 22, 2015 -- Changing the frequency of breast screening from every two years to every year would detect three additional cancers in a sample population of 1,000 women ages 50 to 74, but it would generate nearly 2,000 more false positives, according to a research group that conducted a meta-analysis used by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for its draft guidance on breast screening.
Dr. Daniel Kopans: On the draft USPSTF breast screening guidelines April 21, 2015 -- In this Second Opinion article, Dr. Daniel Kopans offers his perspective on the release this week of new guidelines on screening mammography from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) -- guidelines that he believes will restrict access to mammography.
USPSTF rejects expanded breast screening guidelines April 20, 2015 -- In a move that is already drawing fire from breast screening proponents, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) on Monday declined to expand its recommendation on which women should receive regular mammography screening, instead issuing a draft of new breast screening guidelines that largely hew to its more conservative guidance from 2009.
ARRS: Debate rages over Canadian breast screening trial April 20, 2015 -- TORONTO - A controversial Canadian study on screening mammography was the subject of a spirited debate on April 19 at the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) annual meeting. The discussion included two researchers who participated in the study and who defended its claim that screening mammography produced no major health benefit.
Defining mammography skill depends on how it's measured April 17, 2015 -- Screening mammography's benefits have been shown in clinical trials, but the full potential of the technology depends on the interpretive skills of the individual radiologists who read the exams, according to a new study published in the April issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
CMS provides questionable coding 'advice' for DBT studies April 13, 2015 -- Revisions to 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule payment policies include a surprising billing guideline from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) related to digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT). Donna Richmond from Panacea Healthcare Solutions offers some guidance.
Mammo false positives, overdiagnosis cost U.S. $4B per year April 7, 2015 -- False positives and overdiagnosis related to mammography screening cost the U.S. $4 billion per year, a figure that's much higher than previous estimates, according to a study published in Health Affairs. But the study's findings are based on previous research that has already been criticized by advocates of screening.
NCI: Cancer incidence, mortality continue to fall in U.S. April 6, 2015 -- Rates of cancer incidence and mortality continue to fall in the U.S., according to a new report by the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI). Deaths from cancer dropped 1.8% annually in men and 1.4% annually in women from 2002 to 2011, the report disclosed.
Breast imaging providers must lead density education April 2, 2015 -- Radiologists are uniquely suited to discuss breast density with patients and should take the lead in patient information efforts, according to Dr. Amy Thurmond of Womens Imaging & Intervention in Oregon. In this column, Thurmond discusses how her practice talks about density with its patients.