Aug 15, 2019
Thousands of young women are having unnecessary radiation exposure via mammograms prior to surgery to right-size their breasts. A just published University of Michigan study of more than 52,000 women candidates for this surgery shows that one-third of them had mammography prior to the procedure.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons stated 5 years ago that such routine pre-op imaging should be stopped. Such procedures in women who otherwise have no indications for breast imaging are economically wasteful and unnecessarily expose patients to radiation.
If your surgeon is recommending this preop imaging, pass on the reference I’m providing and challenge the suggestion. It’s always good to speak up and take a role in planning your healthcare.
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Erika D. Sears, Yu-Ting Lu, Peter R. Swiatek, Ting-Ting Chung, Eve A. Kerr, Kevin C. Chung. Use of Preoperative Mammography During Evaluation for Nononcologic Breast Reduction Surgery. JAMA Surgery, 2018; DOI: 10.1001/jamasurg.2018.4875