Inside Imaging Newsletter- October 2021
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All Johns Hopkins Medical Imaging locations offer comprehensive breast imaging services. Mammography images are taken by specialty-trained technologists, and all results are reviewed by radiologists who work exclusively in breast imaging. We offer convenient hours, online scheduling and dedicated coordinators for breast biopsy appointments. See our full services list.
You may see a few new faces among our breast imaging radiologists this year. Exclusively focused on breast imaging, our radiologists only read breast imaging results and are here to support patients going through their screening and diagnostic mammograms. See our Baltimore and Washington D.C. region specialists.
Watch a Breast Imaging Radiologist Discuss Symptomatic Patients
Dr. Babita Panigrahi presents on common breast symptoms for male and female patients and recommended imaging including diagnostic mammograms, ultrasound, and biopsies. She covers the American College of Radiology’s appropriateness criteria for each breast symptom and provides example case studies for each situation. Watch the webinar.
Screening Mammograms After Receiving a COVID-19 Vaccine
Breast imaging radiologists have noticed that axillary lymph nodes can become temporarily enlarged as a normal and expected reaction after a COVID-19 vaccination. In order to reduce false positives and call-backs for additional imaging, screening mammograms should be scheduled before the first dose or four to six weeks after the final dose for any COVID-19 vaccine.
Update 3/30/2022: The Society of Breast Imaging now recommends no delay between the COVID-19 vaccine and screening mammograms. Screening mammograms are available to schedule online through MyChart. See step-by-step instructions.
Order Wisely: Breast Imaging
Read about the recommended exams for palpable breast lumps or breast pain and when to order an ultrasound, MRI, or biopsy. Available for quick reference is a table of breast imaging IMG codes for ordering in Epic.
Ask our medical director, Jenny K. Hoang, M.B.B.S., M.H.S., M.B.A.
Q: I’ve noticed some of the reports look a little different, is this a new change?
A: Yes, we have started introducing structured reports (also known as standardized or templated reports). While our goal is to always provide reports that are comprehensive and clinically valuable, structured reports have the advantage of being easier to read for providers and patients. They also incorporate a checklist to reduce perceptual errors. Our trainees are adopting the structured format, but some radiologists may continue creating free text reports. Please give us feedback during this transition and let us know how you like to see your radiology reports by sending an email to [email protected].