DOI: 10.1093/jbi/wbad111 ISSN: 2631-6110

Current Practice and Variation in Same-Day Services in Breast Imaging: A Multi-Institutional National Survey of the Society of Breast Imaging Membership

Brian N Dontchos, Katerina Dodelzon, Emily Sonnenblick, Beatriu Reig, Kristen Coffey, Vidhi S Kacharia, Lars J Grimm
  • Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology



The availability of same-day services in breast imaging is an important topic given potential advantages for timely diagnoses and patient experiences, but there are potential barriers that lead facilities to not offer these services. We sought to understand current practice patterns and radiologist perspectives on offering same-day services.


The Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) Patient Care & Delivery Committee developed a 19-question survey that was emailed to all 3449 active members of the SBI in May 2023. An exemption from the institutional review board was obtained at the lead author’s institution. The survey consisted of 19 questions that were designed to understand the scope, perceptions, barriers, and logistics of same-day services. Comparisons were made between responses for offering same-day services (screening interpretation, diagnostic examinations, biopsies) and respondent demographics.


A total of 437 American and Canadian members participated, yielding a response rate of 12.7%. Respondents were most commonly in private practice (43.0%, 188/437), working in an outpatient medical center–based clinic (41.9%, 183/437), and without trainees (64.5%, 282/437). Respondents estimated 12.1% of screening examinations were interpreted while patients waited, which was significantly more common in free-standing breast imaging clinics (P = .028) and practices without trainees (P = .036). Respondents estimated 15.0% of diagnostic examinations were performed same day, which was more common in academic and private practices (P = .03) and practices without trainees (P = .01). Respondents estimated 11.5% of biopsies were performed the same day as the recommendation, which had no association with practice type/context, presence of trainees, number of mammography units, number of radiologists, or number of technologists. Long patient travel distance and limited patient mobility were the most cited reasons for offering patients same-day services.


Offering same-day breast imaging services varies among institutions and may be influenced by factors such as practice context and type and the presence of trainees.

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