Our partner, Jeffrey Bloom, will be speaking tomorrow at the “Mt. Sinai Update 2013: Breast Imaging” program. This program is designed to cover clinical aspects of breast imaging including digital mammography, breast ultrasound, breast MRI, and interventional procedures, as well as medicolegal issues. The faculty consists of twelve nationally and internationally recognized experts. Jeffrey Bloom will be speaking on the subject of Breast Imaging Malpractice and provide a Plaintiff’ Attorney’s Perspective. The complete Agenda can be found here.
Recalls of patients after a mammogram have an occurrence rate of 12%. It is a very stressful experience for the patient and it adds to diagnostic costs. With tomosynthesis the recall rate can be reduced from 12% to 8% but the breast cancer detection rate doesn’t change significantly according to a new study lead by Dr. Brian Haas and Dr. Liane E. Philpotts, diagnostic radiology department of Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, and published in the Journal Radiology.
Tomosynthesis allows for three-dimensional (3-D) reconstruction of the breast tissue. Screening is more accurate because superimposed and overlapping tissue can be removed from the view. The study also indicates that women younger than 50 years old and women with dense breasts are benefiting the most from tomosynthesis.
There is a higher rate of failure to diagnose breast cancer among women who are screened using computed radiography compared to women who are screened using digital direct radiography according to a new study lead by Anna M. Chiarelli, Ph.D., senior scientist in Prevention and Cancer Control at Cancer Care Ontario in Toronto, and published online in the journal Radiology.
The study results show that cancer detection with digital mammography that involves direct radiography technology was similar to that with screen film mammography in women aged 50–74 years; however, for computed radiography the risk of cancer detection is significantly lower-by 21%-among all screening techniques.