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.
Ultrasound should be 1st choice for female pelvic imaging
March 31, 2015 -- Female pelvic pain is often evaluated with MRI and CT, adding cost and -- in the case of CT -- radiation exposure for patients. Ultrasound is the better initial choice, according to an article published online Tuesday in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Missing breast screening exams raises mortality risk
March 31, 2015 -- Missing mammography screening exams increases mortality among screening-age women, according to a new study published in the April issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology. Wisconsin researchers found that missing two exams doubles the risk of all-cause mortality, and risk rises with the number of missed exams.
Does access to FFDM priors affect DBT interpretation?
March 25, 2015 -- Does having access to full-field digital mammography (FFDM) priors improve radiologists' interpretation of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) images? Both exams contribute, but not in the same manner, according to a new study published online in Radiology.