OTTAWA, Oct. 24, 2013 /CNW/ - As part of its mission, the Canadian
Association of Radiologists (CAR) actively disseminates recommendations
for best practices in medical imaging by creating and updating
guidelines and advisories for radiologists, other physicians,
healthcare professionals, healthcare policy makers and the public.
The CAR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards for Breast Imaging and
Intervention were developed by practicing radiologists and breast imaging experts
using the most accurate and relevant information regarding breast
imaging. They are based primarily on radiological literature, and also
on the latest data, while taking into consideration the vast
technological advances in breast imaging technology and quality control
in recent history.
The guidelines address the whole spectrum of care, including breast
imaging and intervention, the qualifications and responsibilities of
the personnel involved, equipment guidelines (doses, radiation
protection), processing and labeling of images, reporting, quality
assurance, and explain in detail the various screening methods
currently in use (x-ray, ultrasound, MRI, etc.).
Of particular interest are the recommendations for breast screening
intervals, as follows: every year (40-49 age group) and every one to
two years (50-74 age group) for women in each of these age groups who
have no previous history of breast cancer. For women over the age of 74
who are in good general health, one- to two-year intervals are
recommended. Ultimately, women have a choice regarding whether or not
to undergo screening. This important decision should be made based on
discussions with their healthcare provider. Although the
age-standardized mortality rate for breast cancer has fallen by more
than 35% since 1986,1 which is largely attributed to the contribution of widespread
population-based screening mammography, it remains the second leading
cause of cancer deaths in Canadian women. Screening for early detection
gives patients more treatment options, less invasive forms of treatment
and better survival rates.2
Medical guidelines impact the health of Canadians as they are vital in
helping healthcare professionals make the right choices for their
patients. There can be confusion among healthcare practitioners and
patients about best practices. To this end, the CAR is striving to
minimize public confusion through the development of patient
The CAR advises healthcare professionals to consider these valuable
guidelines when making decisions regarding breast health and patient
About the CAR
The Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR) is the national voice of
radiology, committed to promoting the highest standards in
patient‐centered imaging, lifelong learning and research. Radiologists
are an integral part of the healthcare team.
1 Canadian Cancer Society. Breast Cancer Statistics 2011.
2 Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
SOURCE: Canadian Association of Radiologists
For further information:
Josée Roy‐Pilon, Director of Communications and Events
Canadian Association of Radiologists
613 860‐3111, ext. 203
firstname.lastname@example.org | www.car.ca.