Mammography database makes performance tracking easier
May 4, 2016 -- If a breast imaging facility wants to stay in operation, it must track its performance quality as part of Mammography Quality Standards Act requirements. How can this be done most efficiently? The American College of Radiology's National Mammography Database can help.  Discuss
Another DBT benefit? It's cost-effective
April 29, 2016 -- Add another thing to like about digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT): Not only does it find more cancers than digital mammography alone and reduce recall rates, it's cost-effective, according to a presentation at the recent American Roentgen Ray Society meeting in Los Angeles.  Discuss
Inappropriate SPECT MPI scans more common in women
April 28, 2016 -- Women are more likely than men to have an inappropriate SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) scan, partly due to atypical symptoms, which may overestimate the true health risk to the female patient.  Discuss
How clear are breast density notification letters?
April 27, 2016 -- Are breast density notification letters understandable to the women who receive them? Not so much, according to a study published April 26 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers found that the readability and understandability of these letters did not match average state literacy levels.  Discuss
DBT plus mammo finds more cancers -- dense tissue or not
April 26, 2016 -- Studies suggest that digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) not only improves cancer detection rates, it also decreases recall rates, especially in women with dense breast tissue. But it's also beneficial for women who don't have dense tissue, according to research published in the April 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Discuss
Special Feature
Use of DBT lags in Medicare system -- or does it?

Just under 20% of women in the Medicare population received digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) exams in 2015, the first year of Medicare coverage for the technology. Does the figure mean DBT use is lagging in the federal system -- or that it's taking hold? Read more

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