Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 260 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 17-Sep-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 18-Sep-2003
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North American mammographers prone to false positives: Financial incentives and malpractice concerns part of the problem
Community-based mammography screening programs in North America are yielding a higher percentage of abnormal mammograms than corresponding programs in other countries, but without any apparent benefit in terms of a higher cancer detection rate, according to a study in the September 17 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. more

Mammography quality - Are your patients in good hands?
The quality of products and services provided by a mammography facility is only as good as the qualifications of the professionals who provide them. Mammography quality may be compromised unless all facility personnel have been thoroughly trained to provide the variety of mammography-related services required by their respective roles.  more


Mammography reports - Are you doing right by your patients?
This article covers two very important issues in mammography practice. The first one deals with the contents of the mammography report and the second with communicating the results of the examination to patients and health care providers.  more

Information for patients: Mammography today - Questions and answers for informed consumers (PDF)
MQSA helps ensure that mammography is safe and reliable and that consumers receive uniformly high-quality services from facilities throughout the United States. In an effort to inform consumers about their rights under MQSA, FDA is pleased to announce its new consumer brochure, "Mammography Today: Questions and Answers for Patients on Being Informed Consumers." (PDF) (You are encouraged to print and distribute the brochure)  more

Information for patients: Frequently asked questions about digital mammography
Digital mammography is a mammography system where x-ray film is replaced by solid-state detectors that convert x-rays into electric signals. These detectors are similar to those found in digital cameras. The electrical signals are used to produce images of the breast that can be seen on a computer screen or printed on special films to look like regular mammograms.  more

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