October 14, 2022

Study Finds Racial Disparities in Access to New Mammography Technology

Among the Medicare population from 2005–2020, Black women were less likely to have their breast screening exams performed with more advanced mammography technology, according to a study of over 4 million claims published in Radiology, a journal of the Radiological Society of North America.

The results found that Black women were 20% less likely than white women to receive digital mammography in 2005, and 16% less likely than white women to receive digital breast tomosynthesis from 2015–2020. The research was the work of the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute® (HPI) in collaboration with the Radiology Health Equity Coalition, an initiative of 10 major radiology organizations to positively impact healthcare equity.

For more information, please contact Eric W. Christensen, PhD, Director of Economics and Health Services Research, HPI.