Title

Decreased mammography utilization in the United States: Why and how can we reverse the trend?

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2-1-2009

Journal

American Journal of Roentgenology

Volume

192

Issue

2

DOI

10.2214/AJR.08.1873

Keywords

Breast cancer; Mammography

Abstract

OBJECTIVE. Recent studies have demonstrated that mammography utilization in the United States has decreased. The purpose of this article is to review some of the causes and possible interventions to reverse the trend of decreased mammography utilization. CONCLUSION. Explanations for decreased mammography utilization include decreased availability of mammography sites, stress associated with mammography interpretation, the litigious environment of breast cancer diagnosis, and inappropriately low reimbursement. Possible approaches to rectifying these barriers are discussed. © American Roentgen Ray Society.

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