Navigation Links
Mammogram Plus MRI Seems Cost-Effective in High-Risk Women
Date:2/23/2010

Having both procedures annually may improve life expectancy, study finds

TUESDAY, Feb. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Annual screening with both mammography and MRI appears to be a cost-effective way to improve life expectancy in women at high risk for breast cancer, U.S. researchers say.

In the new study, Dr. Janie Lee, a radiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and colleagues used statistical modeling to compare the costs and benefits of mammography alone, MRI alone, and mammography and MRI combined in a hypothetical group of 25-year-old women with BRCA1 mutations, which significantly increase the risk of developing breast cancer.

Annual MRI screening alone provided 49.50 quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) at a cost of $108,641, while annual mammography alone provided 44.46 QALYs at a cost of $100,336. Annual combined MRI and mammography screening provided 49.62 QALYs at a cost of $110,973, according to the report published in the March issue of the journal Radiology.

The researchers calculated that adding annual MRI to annual mammography screening cost $69,125 for each QALY gained. Commonly cited thresholds for cost-effective interventions range from $50,000 to $100,000 per QALY, Lee noted in a news release from the Radiological Society of North America.

The study also found that annual combined screening was best at detecting early-stage breast cancers and at reducing breast cancer deaths. The cost-effectiveness of combined screening improved as breast cancer risk increased.

"For women at the highest risk of breast cancer, using both breast MRI and mammography together for screening will likely reduce their chances of dying from breast cancer and help them live longer, healthier lives," Lee said in the news release.

The study findings support current American Cancer Society screening recommendations.

More information

The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more about breast cancer screening.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Radiological Society of North America, news release, Feb. 23, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Drop in breast cancer incidence linked to hormone use, not mammograms
2. Experts Offer Tips on Easing Mammogram Discomfort
3. Colgate-Palmolive Partners With the National Breast Cancer Foundation to Provide Education and Free Mammograms
4. Study Determines Breast-Specific Gamma Imaging Has Higher Specificity Than MRI in Patients With Equivocal Mammograms
5. Smilebox and Lifetime Television Promote Breast Cancer Awareness With Multimedia Designs for Sending Mammogram Reminders and Celebrating Courage
6. American Cancer Society Marks National Mammography Day by Reinforcing Importance of Mammograms
7. Fewer Women Getting Mammograms
8. Diagnostic Mammogram Readings Vary by Radiologist
9. Accuracy of diagnostic mammograms varies by radiologist
10. Not All Women Need Digital Mammograms
11. Mammograms Might Spot Stroke Risk
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... 09, 2016 , ... Dr. Rassouli, cosmetic dentist in Orange County , ... most popular cosmetic procedures in dentistry today, but the cost often leads to patients ... risk of teeth whitening-related damage. For a limited time, Dr. Rassouli is offering this ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... 2016 , ... United Methodist Communications collaborated with Chocolate Moose ... video designed to prevent the next widespread Ebola outbreak from occurring ... distributed throughout Togo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire and other African countries, ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... ... CURE Media Group , the nation’s leading digital and print media enterprise ... , which will annually honor individuals making heroic contributions in the field of multiple ... Awards nomination process is officially open through February 17 for patients, caregivers and ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... The Valentine’s Season is famous for gift giving with flowers, ... that they are loved. This year, for more than 5.6 million Americans suffering with ... won't be enough to remind them of the lives they’ve led and the people they’ve ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... Steve Helwig & Associates Insurance & Financial, serving ... program, has teamed up with Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse in support of its ... support all those victimized by the fear of violence in their own homes, donations ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/9/2016)...   AllCare Plus Pharmacy announced today that ... Approval ® for Home Care Accreditation ... Gold Seal of Approval ® is a symbol ... safe and effective care.  --> ... rigorous on-site survey in January 2016. The survey reflected ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... The new report "Global Diagnostic Ultrasound Devices Market Assessment & Forecast: ... global diagnostic ultrasound devices market was valued at US$ 5,381.1 million ... 2019 at a CAGR of 6.8% from 2015 to 2019. ... analyzed for six geographies of North America , ... Latin America , Middle-East and ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... -- The global prefilled syringes market accounted for $3,905.1 ... grow with a CAGR of 12.9% during 2015-2020. Among ... the global prefilled syringes market, with 90.1% share in ... The global market of prefilled syringes is up surging ... increasing demand for vaccines, increasing prevalence of chronic and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: