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MedSolutions Suggests Use of Technology to Expand Access to Expertise Is Key to Early Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
Date:1/15/2010

FRANKLIN, Tenn., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Use of technology that expands access to the most qualified radiologist will lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, said MedSolutions, a leading provider of medical cost management services.

MedSolutions is speaking out in the wake of controversy surrounding recent recommendations from the U.S. Preventative Task Force, which suggested mammography screenings be limited for women under 50.(1) The guidelines ignited significant debate in the medical community, prompting new recommendations this week from the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Society for Breast Imaging (SBI) that call for screening to begin at age 40 or earlier in high-risk women.(2)

"With so many groups weighing in on this issue, it is important to keep in mind the primary goal, which is to find the most effective way to identify and treat breast cancer earlier," said Curt Thorne, CEO of MedSolutions. "In addition to ensuring adequate screening, we can more swiftly and accurately detect cancer in women of all ages by leveraging technology to expand access to expertise that yields increased diagnostic accuracy. Such expanded access can also help to eliminate geographic and socio-economic barriers to care."

Studies show socio-economic status and race are major factors in breast cancer survival. Women in low socio-economic areas, including non-metropolitan areas, had the lowest percentage of early-stage cancer and the highest percentage of advanced stages at the time of diagnosis.(3)

MedSolutions speaks from experience. The company offers a diagnostic accuracy solution that uses advanced Clinical Logic(TM) and proprietary workflow technology to identify and route scans to a certified expert radiologist with experience in a particular specialty. Premerus(SM) Diagnostic Accuracy has shown that this approach significantly improves the error rate of misdiagnosis, thu
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