ISMRM 2015: DCE-MRI predicts response to breast chemo
June 4, 2015 -- TORONTO - A new method of dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) MRI is an "excellent early predictor" of treatment response and a good marker of residual cancer burden during and after neoadjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer, according to a study at the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) meeting.
NEJM: Breast cancer screening reduces mortality by 40%
June 3, 2015 -- Another salvo in the screening mammography wars has been released in the form of a literature review in the New England Journal of Medicine suggesting that breast cancer screening reduces mortality by 40%. Both sides of the breast screening debate may be able to gain ammunition from the report's findings, however.
MBI is cost-effective adjunct for imaging dense breasts
June 1, 2015 -- Adding molecular breast imaging (MBI) to screening mammography in women with dense breast tissue may increase overall costs and the rate of benign biopsies, but because the combination finds more cancer, the cost per cancer detected is lower than with mammography alone, according to a study published in the June issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
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 97% of radiologists continue to advocate having yearly mammograms beginning at age 40. What's more, they follow that counsel themselves, according to a 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.