Radiology

Radiology Question for the Week of August 26, 2019

Radiology Compliance Question of the Week

Question:

Is there a guideline that states that patients with a history of mastectomy must revert to a screening mammography study after a set number of negative diagnostic studies or after a specified number of years post-mastectomy?

Answer:

The American College of Radiology (ACR) considers patients who have been treated for breast cancer (either with breast conservation or mastectomy) as high-risk patients, an indication for a diagnostic mammogram for the rest of their lives. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) allows the attending physician and the patient the flexibility to choose whether they want to continue with a diagnostic mammogram or revert back to the screening process.