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Mammography Saves LivesĀ® Initiative Still Going Strong

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month (Oct.) and year round, the Mammography Saves Lives® (MSL) public service campaign continues to separate breast cancer fact from fiction and clear confusion over when women should be screened.

FDA Scientists Investigating How 3-D Imaging Can Transform Medical Screening Devices

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
The Washington Post reports that scientists at the Food and Drug Administration are “investigating how 3-D imaging — the technology used to create more realistic animations in video games and movies — could transform medical screening devices.” In particular, researchers “are focused on early breast cancer detection; in a process known as tomosynthesis, new screening machines take low-dose X-rays from various angles, overlaying them to produce a 3-D rendering of a patient’s breast.” The Post explains, “Traditional mammograms create a 2-D image, and cannot show cancers hidden by overlapping tissue, according to the FDA, which last week released a consumer update (10/6) on the new technology to coincide with the start of Breast Cancer Awareness month.”

Signed Letters From Physicians May Improve Mammography Screening Rates

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
OncLive reports that “women who received signed letters from their family physician along with scheduled postcard reminders are more likely to return for mammography screening than women who only received a postcard, according to results presented...in advance of the 2014 Breast Cancer Symposium.” Data indicated that during “a 6-month period, 22.3% of women who received only postcards returned for screening, compared with 33.2% of those who received both forms of outreach.” 

GE's 3D mammography device gets U.S. FDA approval

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

General Electric Co's healthcare unit last week won U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for its mammography device that produces three-dimensional images to detect breast cancer. According to the company's website, the device, SenoClaire, uses imaging technology that combines low radiation-dosed X-rays from multiple angles to produce a superior mammogram.

Ellen Shaw de Paredes, breast cancer screening pioneer, loses cancer battle

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Dr. Ellen Shaw de Paredes passed away on Saturday. She founded the Ellen Shaw de Paredes Institute for Women’s Imaging in 2005 because she saw a great need for more advanced breast cancer screenings. 
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