Oversupply of screening mammography units: Why should internists care?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Recent projections indicate that there is an oversupply of screening mammography units that may adversely affect patient care. The charges for routine mammograms will be increased to cover the costs of operating screening units at less than full capacity. Additionally, the oversupply could stimulate a demand for screening younger women and for doing mammography more frequently than is currently recommended. This development would inflate the number of false-positive mammograms and lead to unnecessary biopsies and their attendant risks, patient concerns, and costs. The situation shows that practicing physicians must be concerned about the supplies of medical technologies in their communities.