(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."
HealthImaging (9/20, Rohman) reports researchers developed “novel computer simulations of the female body” that “may help predict how more than 20 different breast tissue ratios will respond to MRI varying in radiofrequency.” The researchers published their findings in Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. The article mentions that “the researchers created their computer models by fusing 36 female phantoms with various breast densities as classified by the American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System Atlas.” The Radiology Business Journal (9/20, Thakar) also covers the story.
Aunt Minnie (9/20, Yee) reports that research indicates “allowing women some measure of control over breast compression at mammography doesn’t reduce image quality or increase radiation dose – and it may, in fact, encourage them to return for needed breast imaging.” The findings were published online in the European Journal of Cancer.