(9/28) When UC San Diego Health introduced its expanded Comprehensive Breast Health Center this spring, Haydee Ojeda-Fournier, MD, medical director of breast imaging, got right to the point for the press covering the development. She emphasized that the informal reopening had doubled the capacity of an existing program and that the center now houses an integrated suite of numerous advanced-imaging technologies all under one roof.
Aunt Minnie (9/26, Forrest) reports a study published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine that the hybrid modality of FDG-PET/CT achieves results in assessing breast cancer in men comparable to those in women with respect to “accurate staging of the disease.” The article adds, “PET/CT showed unsuspected distant metastases in 18% of cases, which resulted in patients being upstaged to stage IV” which was “comparable to rates among female patients with breast cancer.”
Aunt Minnie (9/25) reports the American College of Radiology “added a series of resources to MammographySavesLives.org in honor of its October National Breast Cancer Awareness Month public education campaign.” The new “resources include patient and provider education videos and informational brochures."
Author: Janice S. Sung, MD, FSBI
Mammography is the primary imaging modality used for breast cancer screening, as it is cost effective, widely available, and the only imaging modality validated by multiple randomized controlled trials and meta-analyses to reduce breast cancer mortality. The mortality reduction achieved by mammographic screening averages 30% in randomized trials, and approaches and even exceeds 40% in observational and case control studies of women actually screened (1-5). Early detection through breast cancer screening also results in less invasive and aggressive therapy (6).
The Radiology Business Journal (9/21, Walter) reported researchers found that “adopting digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) at your facility does not lead to a drop in monthly breast cancer screening volumes.” The findings were published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.