Are mammograms important? Of course they are. But what good does getting a mammogram do if the doctor looking at the results isn’t reading the x-ray accurately? A recent study posed that exact question.
The researchers handed a variety of mammogram results to over a hundred radiologists, then had an expert panel review them. Amazingly, both sides agreed on the interpretations 100 percent of the time, when it came to cancer cases and obvious findings.
However, the level of agreement was far lower on x-rays showing subtle or smaller abnormailities.
If you are getting a mammogram, talk to your doctor about getting a second interpretation if there are any questionable findings. Double reading is common in many countries, but not yet a standard in the United States. The right read makes all the difference.
Here are some more of my blogs on this topic:
- Mighty Mammogram
- Huge study questions value of mammography (Part 1)
- Huge study questions value of mammography (Part 2)
- Study suggests breast cancer overdiagnosed
- Biennial mammograms reduce false positive rate
- Editorial criticizes Komen for overstating mammography’s benefits
- Nurse practitioner writes about her decision to stop getting mammograms
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