A new study suggests that radiologists are more attentive during interpretation with the presence of dense breast tissue regions. “If we wish to optimize viewing algorithms or design appropriate training strategies, the impact of breast density on radiologists’ behaviors needs to be better understood,” wrote Al Mousa and the research team.
According to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers concluded that overuse of cardiac stress testing with images has led to rising healthcare costs and unnecessary exposure to radiation. Cardiac stress testing with imaging has been the focus of debate in regards to rising healthcare costs and patient safety, and this report is believed to be the first comprehensive study of cardiac stress testing with imaging.
Thirty percent of nearly 40,000 women who will die from breast cancer in the next year could have been helped if they had received regular mammograms starting at age 40. A public service campaign called Mammography Saves Lives is encouraging women to find an accredited mammography center near them for regular screenings. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 300,000 new cases of breast cancer will are diagnosed each year.
According the the American Heart Association, exposure to radiation of the heart should be discussed among referring and performing physicians in order to effectively counsel the patient on radiation risks and benefits so that the patient can truly give informed consent.