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.
AIUM: Ultrasound bests MRI, mammo in assessing breast tumor size
March 25, 2015 -- ORLANDO, FL - Regardless of breast density, ultrasound outperformed MRI and digital mammography for preoperatively assessing breast tumor size, according to research presented on Tuesday at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) meeting.
Brain MRI spots effects of prenatal exposure to air pollutants
March 25, 2015 -- MRI has shown reduced white matter in the brains of children who were exposed to toxic air pollution while in utero. This reduction may have led to behavioral and cognitive problems in the first seven to nine years of their lives, according to an article published online March 25 in JAMA Psychiatry.