News | Breast Imaging | October 10, 2018

"Where's My Mammogram?" Campaign Helps Women Own Breast Health Records

Mammosphere leads campaign to provide tools to women to secure their own breast images and health history from their physician offices

"Where's My Mammogram?" Campaign Helps Women Own Breast Health Records

October 10, 2018 — Mammosphere launched “Where’s My Mammogram?,” a public service campaign to help women obtain copies of prior diagnostic breast images from their physicians. The campaign is intended to empower women to become active participants in their breast health, and to improve clinical outcomes of regular breast cancer screening for women over 40.

Under current federal law, women can request copies of their mammograms from their doctors, who are obligated to provide them in whatever format patients request at a reasonable expense, and within 30 days. Having prior images and health history available to clinicians at the time of diagnosis has long been shown to significantly improve clinical outcomes and save lives.

“Our campaign, which will run during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is intended to help women play an active role in managing their breast health,” said Kathryn Pearson Peyton, M.D., a breast-imaging radiologist who founded Mammosphere and serves as chair of its Women’s Health Advisory Board. “Many women aren’t aware of the importance of having their past mammograms available for comparison at the time of screening. And navigating the healthcare system to get those prior medical records can be daunting. Where’s My Mammogram? aims to make it easier.”

When doctors have immediate access to prior breast images, false positives are reduced by 40 to 60 percent; 30 percent of actual cancers are caught earlier, and diagnosis of breast cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes is reduced by 12 percent, according to clinical studies.

Information on how to obtain prior diagnostic images and other useful information is available at http://info.lifeimage.com/mammosphere/wheres-my-mammogram.

Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D., founder of Are You Dense Inc. and Are You Dense Advocacy Inc., said, “We join in supporting Mammosphere’s efforts to ensure that doctors and their patients have readily available access to complete patient prior imaging, enabling informed breast health decisions without delay.”

Tools available at the website include a letter template for requesting breast images in writing, a telephone script for asking for images by phone, and facts about the importance of having prior images available during regular breast cancer screenings.

Women are guaranteed access to their health records, including prior diagnostic breast images, under HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, a landmark federal law regarding health records.

For more information: www.mammosphere.com

Related Content

Managing Architectural Distortion on Mammography Based on MR Enhancement
News | Mammography | May 15, 2019
High negative predictive values (NPV) in mammography architectural distortion (AD) without ultrasonographic (US)...
Screening MRI Detects BI-RADS 3 Breast Cancer in High-risk Patients
News | MRI Breast | May 09, 2019
When appropriate, short-interval follow-up magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used to identify early-stage breast...
Novel Artificial Intelligence Method Predicts Future Risk of Breast Cancer
News | Artificial Intelligence | May 08, 2019
Researchers from two major institutions have developed a new tool with advanced artificial intelligence (AI) methods to...
Georgia Becomes 38th State With Breast Density Inform Law
News | Breast Density | May 06, 2019
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed breast density inform bill HB62 into law May 3, 2019. The law, which becomes effective...
American Society of Breast Surgeons Issues Risk-based Screening Mammography Guidelines
News | Mammography | May 03, 2019
The American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) has released the first screening mammography guidelines based on a...
Hologic Launches Trident HD Specimen Radiography System
Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | April 26, 2019
Hologic Inc. announced global commercial availability of the Trident HD specimen radiography system. The next-...
California Protons Cancer Therapy Center Begins Breast Cancer Study Enrollment
News | Proton Therapy | April 25, 2019
California Protons Cancer Therapy Center announced two major efforts representing significant steps forward in breast...
Women With Coronary Artery Wall Thickness at Risk for Heart Disease
News | Cardiac Imaging | April 25, 2019
The thickness of the coronary artery wall as measured by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an independent marker for...
The Cianna Medical Savi Scout Radar Localization system, showing the console, detector and the marker, with a size comparison and X-ray images inside breast tissue. For more information on the learning curve of its use http://sabcs16.posterview.com/nosl/p/P1-11-06.

The Cianna Medical Savi Scout Radar Localization system, showing the console, detector and the marker, with a size comparison and X-ray images inside breast tissue. For more information on the learning curve of its use http://sabcs16.posterview.com/nosl/p/P1-11-06.

Feature | Breast Imaging | April 24, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr
Wires have traditionally been placed prior to lumpectomy to mark cancerous tissues in the breast.
GE Healthcare showcases Senographe Pristina with its add-on-biopsy kit at the breast imaging symposium

GE Healthcare showcases Senographe Pristina with its add-on-biopsy kit at the breast imaging symposium in Hollywood, Florida. Photo by Greg Freiherr

Feature | Breast Imaging | April 23, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr
Signs of what the future may look like in women’s health dotted the exhibit floor of the...