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Test your imaging knowledge: The top 10 Reading Room posts of 2013

December 20, 2013

Natalie McGarry, Imaging Performance Partnership

We covered a lot of ground this year at The Reading Room—but how much did you learn? Take our year-in-review quiz to test your knowledge of our top 10 most-read posts of 2013.

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In case you missed it: Breast imaging at RSNA 2013

December 6, 2013

Natalie McGarry, Imaging Performance Partnership

Reporting from the vendor floor, our colleague Alyssa Pollizzi from Technology Insights shares her insights from conversations around breast density and the evolving breast imaging pathway at the RSNA meeting this past week. Read on to learn how breast imaging is changing with technology and increased awareness.

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GMA correspondent discovers breast cancer on live television

November 12, 2013

Shaun Lillard, Imaging Performance Partnership

In the ongoing debate over when women should begin to undergo screening mammograms, advocates who say 40 is the right age may have just received strong anecdotal evidence in their favor.

On November 11, ABC News’ Amy Robach, correspondent for Good Morning America, announced through an online post and on her program that the mammogram she received on live television in October led to a discovery of breast cancer.

Organizations such as the American Cancer Society (ACS) and American College of Radiology (ACR), which have always maintained the need for women 40 and older to receive annual screening mammograms, hope that such a high-profile case makes it less likely women age 40 and older will skip their screening exams in the future.

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Wrapping up breast cancer awareness month: Check out our resources

October 31, 2013

Shaun Lillard, Imaging Performance Partnership

Before October comes to an end, we'd like to call your attention to the many resources we have available on breast imaging. 

Whether your goal is investing in new technologies, making your breast imaging program run more efficiently, or determining future capacity needs, we've got your answers.

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Benchmarking screening and diagnostic mammography

September 11, 2013

Natalie McGarry, Imaging Performance Partnership

In a recent study published in Cancer, researchers found that in a group of 7,000 women, over 70% of breast cancer deaths occurred in women who did not receive regular mammograms. 

In light of these dramatic results, we've compiled some helpful metrics and target benchmarks for breast cancer screening compliance, recall, and detection rates. Read on to see how you stack up.

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Patient pushback on diagnostic mammography

April 17, 2013

Shaun Lillard, Imaging Performance Partnership

How does your program respond to diagnostic mammography patients when they ask for a free screening exam instead of a diagnostic version? The exams aren’t free, of course, but diagnostic exams often require a co-pay, while screening exams are fully covered.

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JAMA study finds mixed results for screening mammography: Who's affected?

April 2, 2013

Shaun Lillard, Imaging Performance Partnership

A new study provides supporting evidence for the United States Preventive Services Task Force’s (USPSTF) somewhat controversial 2009 recommendations for screening mammography in women over 50, but does not reinforce task force guidelines for women ages 40-49.  

Published in the latest issue of Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the article features new results from a study of screening mammography outcomes based on frequency, breast density, and postmenopausal hormone therapy.

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Study shows lingering harms of breast cancer false positives

March 25, 2013

Stephanie Krent, Imaging Performance Partnership

The debate over mammography is well-known to imaging leaders. Some critics believe our country over-screens for breast cancer, which may cause physical, psychological, and financial harms to patients with false positive findings. Yet many others argue that those harms are significantly outweighed by the tool’s proven ability to save lives and initiate cancer earlier when it can be less invasive and expensive.

A new study released this month from the Annals of Family Medicine suggests that women with false positive findings suffer harm more seriously, and for longer periods of time, than initially thought.

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