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.
Congenital heart disease detected less often in rural areas
April 28, 2015 -- Ultrasound may be doing a better job overall of diagnosing critical congenital heart disease prenatally, but that's not necessarily the case in poorer and more rural communities, according to research presented on Monday at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in San Diego.
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.