This information comes from Karen Remley, state health commissioner:

"The General Assembly unanimously passed HB83/SB544 this session. The legislation amends the Code of Virginia to require that all mammogram reports include specific information on breast density and that this information must be reported to all patients in addition to the referring physician.

The following guidelines apply:

  • Licensed facilities or physicians' offices must have a protocol in place to notify patients of increased breast density, if detected in mammograms.
  • Such protocol should include, in cases of increased breast density, the following notice ...."Your mammogram demonstrates that you may have dense breast tissue, which can hide cancer or other abnormalities. ... you should contact your physician if you have any questions or concerns about this report."

The Va. Dept of Health recommends -- but does not require -- staff responsible for patient notification be trained on the protocol and on the issuance of subsequent correspondence to patients, when necessary.

The Division of Radiological Health is the primary point of contact for questions regarding this process; go to www.vdh.virginia.gov/Epidemiology/RadiologicalHealth/."

 

For more health news, go to www.dailypress.com/health