When it comes to mammo, rads practice what they preach
May 28, 2015 -- Despite an ongoing, heated debate over when women should start breast cancer screening, more than 95% of radiologists continue to advocate having yearly mammograms beginning at age 40. What's more, they follow that counsel themselves, according to a new study published in the June edition of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Better mammography quality is focus of IOM workshop
May 26, 2015 -- How can the quality of mammography interpretation be improved? That question was the subject of a workshop convened by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) earlier this month in Washington, DC. The meeting indicates that mammography quality remains a vexing issue, 10 years after the U.S. Congress reauthorized the Mammography Quality Standards Act.
ACR 2015: Bedside US may not capture whole picture in ER
May 21, 2015 -- Emergency room (ER) physicians often perform bedside obstetric ultrasound studies on first-trimester patients in the ER, but these patients should also receive radiology ultrasound scans to avoid potentially dangerous missed diagnoses, according to research from Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California.
USPSTF 2009 mammo recs led to drop in screening rates
May 19, 2015 -- A new analysis published in Women's Health Issues has found that mammography screening rates of women 65 years and older dropped immediately after the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) changed its guidance on breast screening in 2009. The fall arrested what had been years of growth in the breast screening rate.
Study: There's more to breast cancer risk than density
May 19, 2015 -- Is the breast density notification movement missing the forest for the trees? A May 19 study in Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that breast density shouldn't be the only factor to consider when deciding which women should receive supplemental breast imaging tests in addition to mammography.
How to maximize your breast imaging reimbursement
May 18, 2015 -- Medicare has adopted new payment policies for digital breast tomosynthesis and breast ultrasound that go into effect this year. But without the proper documentation, radiologists will lose this added revenue. Carin Carlson from Healthcare Administrative Partners tells you how to get your share.
USPSTF mammo recs would cut coverage for 17M women
May 14, 2015 -- If the most recent U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) breast cancer screening guidelines are finalized, 17 million women between the ages of 40 and 49 could lose insurance coverage for mammography screening exams, according to a new report released by consulting firm Avalere Health.
Normal tissue enhancement on breast MR predicts cancer risk
May 12, 2015 -- Contrast enhancement of normal tissue on breast MRI scans is more effective than tissue density as an imaging biomarker of breast cancer and could make existing risk models more accurate, according to a new study published online May 12 in Radiology.
Dr. Daniel Kopans: Topol ignores facts on mammography
May 7, 2015 -- In this Second Opinion article, Dr. Daniel Kopans of Massachusetts General Hospital offers a rebuttal of a May 6 column by cardiologist Dr. Eric Topol that calls for an end to routine mammography screening. Dr. Kopans believes the column misinterprets the facts about breast screening.
Should women over 75 be screened for breast cancer?
April 29, 2015 -- New guidelines proposed last week on mammography screening claim that evidence is insufficient to recommend screening for women 75 and older. But if such women are healthy and without other disease, why shouldn't screening continue? Dr. Stamatia Destounis believes it should.