Dear Dr. Stamatia Destounis:
PLEASE, as American College of Radiology Chair of the Commission on Breast Imaging, CONTINUE to widely publicize support for a unique
Current Procedural Terminology" (CPT) identification of an Abbreviated Breast MRI (AB-MRI or 'FAST' MRI).
A CPT code -- or support of a specific two digit modifier of existing MRI code such as '52'-- for 'FAST' Breast MRIs will promote an effective and cost-friendly screening option for dense breasts (more than 40% - 80% of women) and lobular breast cancer (second most common breast cancer). These are two important instances where current ‘standard of care’ mammogram screening is NOT effective, resulting in: delayed diagnosis, greater cancer growth, greater cost, greater life blighting, and greater death rate.
WITH an American Medical Association (AMA) CPT code -- or AMA approved two digit modifier -- the effectiveness of an 'Abbreviated' or 'Fast' MRI Breast screening can be clearly communicated to doctors and patients. It then can be reimbursed by personal Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) in all states, and covered by insurance in some states (Pennsylvania et al).
A Human (with Breasts) who Trusts and Relies on the American College of Radiology