For the Week of July 7, 2014
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 nega¬tive diagnostic studies or after a specified number of years post-mastectomy?
The American College of Radiology 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. However, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services allow 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.
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