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Impact of COVID-19 and Socioeconomic Factors on Delays in High-Risk MRI Breast Cancer Screening

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Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, 1200 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON L8N 3Z5, Canada
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Department of Medical Imaging, Sunnybrook Health Sciences, 2075 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4N 3M5, Canada
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Academic Editor: Emilio Quaia
Tomography 2022, 8(5), 2171-2181; https://doi.org/10.3390/tomography8050182
Received: 22 July 2022 / Revised: 23 August 2022 / Accepted: 25 August 2022 / Published: 27 August 2022
(This article belongs to the Section Cancer Imaging)
The purpose of this study is to investigate if there was a delay in high-risk MRI breast cancer screening in our local region, if this delay is ongoing despite COVID-19 vaccinations, and if demographic and socioeconomic factors are associated with these delays. Six-hundred and sixty-five high-risk breast patients from 23 January 2018–30 September 2021 were included. Delays were determined by comparing the time in between each patients’ MRI screening exams prior to the COVID-19 pandemic to the time in between MRI screening exams during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the time in between exams when our patients started receiving vaccinations. Delays were analyzed via logistical regression with demographic and socioeconomic factors to determine if there was an association between these factors and delays. Significant time delays in between MRI screening exams were found between the pre-COVID timeframe compared to during the height of COVID. Significant time delays also persisted during the timeframe after patients started getting vaccinations. There were no associations with delays and socioeconomic or demographic factors. Significant time delays were found in between MRI high-risk breast cancer screening examinations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These delays were not exacerbated by demographic or socioeconomic factors. View Full-Text
Keywords: breast cancer screening; COVID-19; high-risk screening breast cancer screening; COVID-19; high-risk screening
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Teng, H.; Dang, W.; Curpen, B. Impact of COVID-19 and Socioeconomic Factors on Delays in High-Risk MRI Breast Cancer Screening. Tomography 2022, 8, 2171-2181. https://doi.org/10.3390/tomography8050182

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Teng H, Dang W, Curpen B. Impact of COVID-19 and Socioeconomic Factors on Delays in High-Risk MRI Breast Cancer Screening. Tomography. 2022; 8(5):2171-2181. https://doi.org/10.3390/tomography8050182

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Teng, Helena, Wilfred Dang, and Belinda Curpen. 2022. "Impact of COVID-19 and Socioeconomic Factors on Delays in High-Risk MRI Breast Cancer Screening" Tomography 8, no. 5: 2171-2181. https://doi.org/10.3390/tomography8050182

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