Radiologist Shortage Linked to Women Missing Mammograms - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/10/04

Radiologist Shortage Linked to Women Missing Mammograms

If you're considering the medical profession, and wondering what might be a good area for you to study, take this tip from a new government report: too many women are missing mammograms and a big reason they cite is having to wait so long to see a radiologist.

The Institute of Medicine report says that in some areas women are waiting five months for a routine mammogram, and that nationwide, there's been a sharp decline in the number of radiologists, the specialists who read mammograms.

"There's a crisis in breast imaging in this country. We just don't have enough radiologists to interpret these exams, especially as the population ages. We really need more radiologists or more people to interpret these exams," says Dr. Etta Pisano.

Meanwhile, more than 200,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed this year in the United States alone, and more than 40,000 women will die from it.

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