JULY 2012

To All Our Collegues, Friends and Customers, 


London 2012 and the Summer Olympic Games has most of us enthralled with the excitement and splendor that brings so many cultures, gifted athletes and devoted fans together every four years.  We want to especially recognize how women have made the 2012 Olympics historical. 

  • This is the first time all of the 200+ participating countries have sent female athletes to compete.
  • For the first time in history, the U.S. team has more women (269) than men (261)

We'll be cheering on all the athletes -- men and women alike -- celebrating their spirit, dedication and talent. 


Speaking of spirit, dedication and talent, be sure to check out the articles we've gathered for you in this issue of QSUM Quips.  Some great stuff, including:

  • A pre-recorded webinar that's good for free CE credit.
  • Cindy's July recipe -  Beet Salad
  • Video pick of the month - animated demonstrations of three methods of Brachytherapy treatment

Back to the Olympics: Here's a link to the schedule of events. Go U.S.A.!




Cynthia Henke & Hudson Jones
QSUM Biopsy Disposables


Quote Of The Month
New Technology
Breast MRI
Breast Ultrasound
Breast Biopsy
Radiation Therapy
PET/PEM/BSGI Information
New Products
Free CE Credits
Cindy's Favorite Recipe
Social Media Links
Video Pick of the Month

Mammography position

St. Joseph Hospital

Full-time; Denver, CO

Posted on  Exempla Healthcare


Mammography Tech 

UNC Health Care

Full-time; Chapel Hill, NC

Posted on  NC Hospital Jobs


Mammography Tech

Fletcher Allen Health Care

Full-time; Burlington, VT

Posted on Fletcher Allen


Oncology Breast Nurse Navigator

Kennestone Hospital

Full-time: Marietta, GA

Posted on Wellstar Careers


Nurse Navigator

Anne Arundel Medical Center

Part-time; Annapolis, MD

Posted on Healthcare Source

"The beauty of life does not depend on how happy you are, but on how happy others can be because of you."
-- anonymous

Tissue Stiffness Research By Husband-Wife Research Team Aims To Improve Breast Cancer Exams. The less invasive method could be an affordable, effective tool. Manual breast exams are looking at tissue stiffness, but, currently, there isn't a good way to record the results."  


Avva is a new online tool that supports breast cancer patients at the crucial moment when they are preparing to make a treatment decision. 


Skin Contact Breast Tumor Detection. A simple and cost effective imaging device for breast tumor detection based on a flexible and wearable antenna system has been developed by researchers. 


Komen and Avon reject funding for Tuohyís preventive breast cancer vaccine.    


47% Observer Error Rate for Breast MRI.  "Machines don't make diagnoses; people do," he explained to Medscape."This is a study about errors made by people using the results of MRI exams."  


3T breast MRI good for imaging spiculated masses. Breast MRI at the 3-tesla field strength performs better than 1.5-tesla MRI in visualizing spiculated masses previously identified using mammography.   

New QSUM MRI Titanium Scalpel
New QSUM MRI Titanium Scalpel
QSUM's MRI Biopsy Tray - includes Nonferro-magnetic scalpel and 20g needle



Basic Interventional Tray

 ABUS equals MRI as screening option for dense tissue. Automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) shows promise as a cost-effective adjunct screening modality compared to MRI for women who have dense breast tissue. 


Breast ultrasound performs well in wake of density laws. Technologist-performed handheld screening breast ultrasound --

offered to women in the general population with dense breasts -- can help detect small mammographically occult breast cancers.  


Breast Cancer Markers Are Unstable Over Course of Disease. Commonly used breast cancer markers don't always remain stable over time.  

QSUM's Hologic Multicare Stereotactic Draping
QSUM's Hologic Multicare Stereotactic Draping (footcover, table drape and stage drape)

QSUM's Breast Brachytherapy Bandage
Shorter radiation regimen OK for DCIS breast cancer. Radiation therapy for women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) can be cut from five to six weeks to as little as three weeks. 

Breast cancer risk after supradiaphragmatic radiation persists past 40 years. The increased risk of breast cancer in women who received above-the-diaphragm radiotherapy for Hodgkin's lymphoma (HL) persists for at least 40 years. 


JNM: Imaging agents predict endocrine therapy response. Using PET/CT to image progesterone-receptor (PR) status may help identify response to endocrine therapy at an early stage and determine the most appropriate treatment for breast cancer patients. 


Breast density variation also a predictor of cancer risk.  The variation of tissue density in a woman's breast is at least as strong an indicator of cancer risk as the actual density itself.


When Does Breast Cancer Spread?  Researchers found that only 1 in 20 women with localized cancer subsequently developed metastatic breast cancer (MBC) within 5 years. 


Daily Exercise May Cut Breast Cancer Risk. Women who got around 2 hours of exercise a day most days of the week were about 30% less likely to develop breast cancer whether pre- or post-menopausal. 


Vitamin D May Help Breast Cancer Survivors Stay on Track. Women taking 30,000 IU of oral vitamin D3 weekly on starting letrozole therapy achieved significant benefits in terms of fatigue, joint pain, and disability from joint pain. 


Invitro Fertilization in Young Women Tied to Later Breast Cancer. Women who go through in vitro fertilization early in life are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer.  


Timing of Physical Activity Key to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk. Women who exercised 10 to 19 hours per week experienced the greatest benefit, with an approximately 30% reduced risk. 


Higher Soy Intake Tied to Fewer Breast Cancer Recurrences. "For women who are regular soy food consumers, they should not be concerned about cutting their soy food intake after diagnosis of breast cancer,"   


U.S. Mammograms Decline After Task Force Recommendation. Preventive mammography rates in women in their 40s have dropped nearly 6 percent nationwide since the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended against routine mammograms for women in this age group.  


The FDA may be hiding a secret about GE Health Mammograms. In 2010, a handful of scientists working at the FDA became alarmed that the approval process (for GE Health mammogram machines and other medical imaging devices) was deeply flawed ... allowing patients to be exposed to dangerous levels of radiation! 


Value-Based Purchasing May Push Some Hospitals to Bankruptcy. Safety net hospitals (SNHs) perform less well than non-SNHs and are likely to fare poorly under value-based purchasing (VBP). 


Mothers Who Give Birth to Large Infants at Increased Risk for Breast Cancer. Delivering a high-birth-weight infant more than doubles a woman's breast cancer risk.    


Conserving Surgery Likely to Mean Another Breast Procedure. About one in five women who have breast-conserving surgery for breast cancer may need a reoperation.  




All the products pictured in QSUM Quips can be purchased online. Just click a photo to access the product page where you can place an order, or go to our website to shop around. 

Mammo Ribbon IP Breast Bar pink gloves



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Digital Breast Tomosynthesis Implementation in a community-based Breast Imaging Practice


A certified one-hour live webinar for radiologists, radiologic technologists, radiology administrators, and practice managers.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

6:00 PM East / 5:00 PM Central / 4:00 PM Mountain / 3:00 PM Pacific

The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.



Digital Breast Tomosynthesis: Concepts and Rationale


Per the recommendations of the ACR and the FDA-mandated training for new technology and equipment, all members of the healthcare team must be trained in why, when and how to appropriately use DBT for the diagnosis, treatment, and management of patients with breast disease.


A certified 70-minute prerecorded webinar for radiologists and radiologic technologists.

Expiration date of this link: July 1, 2013

Faculty: Jules H. Sumkin, DO, FACR and Margarita L. Zuley, MD

Credit: 1.25 AMA PRA; 1.0 ARRT

Offered by ICPME, made possible by an educational grant from Hologic


A clip of the course:

Digital Breast Tomosynthesis
Digital Breast Tomosynthesis




My Favorite July Recipe: Quinoa, Chickpea & Roast Beet Salad

 Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is one of nature's super foods.  It is high in calcium, phosphorus, iron and magnesium, as well as rich in dietary fiber.


July 2012 Recipe - Beet Salad  


Cindy's tip:  The recipe tells you to roast the beets at 200 degrees Celsius.  That's about 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
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