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Radiology Coding Alert

Noteworthy News:
Have a Heart,Encourage Mammograms

A routine mammogram may give your patients a "heads up" on their heart as well as their breast health. Mayo Clinic researchers recently found that women with certain level of breast arterial calcification on their mammograms have a 20 percent greater risk of coronary artery disease compared to other women of the same age.

"Women with significant arterial calcifications should be referred to a physician for cardiac risk-factor screening and possible lifestyle modification," said lead investigator Kirk Doerger, MD, a resident in radiology at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Patients can also be taught to ask their physician about breast artery calcifications on their mammograms. Read more at http://shows.rsna.org/rsna2002/V40/press.cvn?id=11&p_id=154.  


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