False-Positive Mammograms: Balancing Patient Fear with Patient Care

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Recently, the Los Angeles Times published an article entitled “False-positive mammograms take mental toll, study finds.” As a radiologist in Los Angeles. I am , of course concerned  with and sympathetic to the anxiety created when an abnormality is detected on a screening mammogram. I believe there are several important issues not addressed in the […]

Breast MRI Screening Can Cut Costs, Boost Follow-up Compliance

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

AuntMinnie | Breast cancer MRI screening among high-risk, underserved women can significantly decrease diagnostic costs and increase patient compliance with follow-up appointments compared with general-risk mammography screenings, according to a study presented September 20 at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Washington, DC. The cost […]

Follow-up After Abnormal Mammo Screens Tends to be Timely

Monday, September 19, 2011

AuntMinnie | How promptly a facility follows up with women who have received an abnormal mammogram is crucial to a screening mammography program’s success, according to a new study published online in Radiology. Time to follow-up varies widely between facilities — indicating there is definitely room for improvement — but most patients receive follow-up within […]

California Legislature Passes’Dense Breast Tissue Notification’ Bill

Thursday, September 15, 2011

imagingBiz | A bill that requires health care providers to inform women when they are found to have dense breast tissue has been passed by the California State Legislature, reports sponsoring Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto). Known as Senate Bill 791 and formerly Senate Bill 173, it is being submitted to Governor Jerry Brown for […]

ASCO: PET/CT Helps Predict Metastatic Breast Cancer Outcome

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

AuntMinnie | Maximum standardized uptake values on PET/CT scans can help predict prognosis in breast cancer patients with bone metastases, but other PET/CT values could be even more useful, according to research presented last week at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Breast Cancer Symposium. Dr. Komal Jhaveri and colleagues from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer […]