At least five states have introduced legislation requiring insurers to cover Digital Breast Tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography. The economic and clinical benefits of DBT are well-established, but the passage of the bills may come down the legislative climate of the individual states, according to Eugenia Brandt, Director of State Affairs for the American College of Radiology.
Minimally invasive breast biopsies have been regularly performed since the 1990s, affording women with suspicious findings a cheaper and less invasive diagnostic exam when compared to surgical biopsy. Even as most biopsies are benign, the potential for sampling error makes follow-up appointments an attractive option for reducing false-negatives.
A group of faculty and staff from the Baylor College of Medicine’s Department of Radiology implemented a quality improvement project, intending to make the screening program faster and more accurate. Their four-step program generated conclusive improvements in recall rates and shortened the time between screening and treatment, and they published their results in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.