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.