To All Our Colleagues, Friends and Customers,    


QSUM Quips New Year - fireworks
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We hope your holidays have been filled with good times, friends and family.  Now it's time to hang a new calendar on the fridge, make your list of reso-

lutions, reflect on the last 12 months, and celebrate the arrival of the New Year.  

We are glad to have been part of your life this past year. We are certainly looking forward to 2013, welcoming whatever it may hold for us, and continuing to bring you news, infor-mation and products that help you in the important work you do.


Please enjoy this year's last issue of QSUM Quips.  The articles highlighted in it are specially chosen for you.   


If you haven't already connected with us on our social sites, please do. Our social media links are listed in a section near the end of the newsletter.    


As usual, we've also included a video section, and a featured recipe.        Enjoy!





Cynthia Henke & Hudson Jones
QSUM Biopsy Disposables


Thought For The Day
New Technology
Breast MRI
Breast Ultrasound
Breast Biopsy
PET/PEM/CT Information
Radiation Therapy
Miscellaneous Articles
QSUM Products
Free CE Credits
Video Picks of the Month
Cindy's Favorite Recipe
Social Media Links

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Lowell General Hospital; Lowell, MA 

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Sibley Memorial Hospital

Washington, DC

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Women's Health Center MCSA

Columbus, OH   

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Hermann Healthcare System 


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Norfolk General; Norfolk, VA  

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Hillcrest Hospital

Mayfield Heights, OH   

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Thought For The Day
"We do not need magic to transform our world.  We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already."   
-- J K Rowling    
Novel Breast Screening Technology Increases Diagnostic Accuracy. Tomosynthesis: three-dimensional breast imaging. "This is the first major advance in breast imaging and breast cancer screening since the development of breast MRI,"

Thermography Clinic Inc. Responds to CBC Unbalanced Report on Thermography. Thermography provides women and their health care practitioners with additional information. It is not intended to replace mammography.

Health Canada issues advisory about thermography tests. Health Canada is not aware of any clinical evidence that thermography can be used effectively as a screening technique for the early detection of breast cancer.

A Breath Test For Detecting Cancer? According to the researchers, cancer tissues operate differently compared to non-cancerous cells and may release a distinct chemical signature.


Study Suggests Breast Cancer Overdiagnosed. As many 1.3 million women over age 40 were overdiagnosed with breast cancer over three decades.

3D Imaging Raises Accuracy of Digital Mammo. Adding tomosynthesis to digital mammography boosts diagnostic accuracy and reduces false-positive recall rates.

Breast Disease Society Supports Informed Patient Decision Making on Breast Cancer Screening. New guidelines will help women and their doctors better understand the issues around breast density and how they can make better informed decisions about breast cancer screening.

Soy is Safe for Breast Cancer Survivors. Breast cancer patients and survivors need no longer worry about eating moderate amounts of soy foods.

Study: 1.3 Million Overdiagnosed Breast Cancers in 30 Years. Breast cancer was overdiagnosed in an estimated 70,000-plus women.

Breast Cancer Cells' Reaction to Cancer Drugs Can Be Predicted. researchers have developed a way of predicting responses of breast cancer cells to a set of cancer drugs.

Health Reform Could Provide More Than a Million Women in the U.S. With Access to Potentially Life Saving Tests for Breast and Cervical Cancer. The Affordable Care Act would expand health insurance coverage for more low-income women.

Mammograms Down After USPSTF Recommendations. Our take home message for women, doctors and legislators: "Women should have a mammogram once a year starting at age 40,".

New Genetic Test Detects Early Breast Cancer and Identifies Future Risk. Researchers have been working to develop a new test of gene action to predict cancer risk both at first diagnosis and into the future.

Most Women Who Have Double Mastectomy Don't Need It. About 70 percent of women who have both breasts removed following a breast cancer diagnosis do so despite a very low risk of facing cancer in the healthy breast.

Women With Dense Breasts Welcome Additional Screening. A survey of women undergoing routine screening mammography found that many of them would be interested in pursuing additional screening tests if notified they had dense breast tissue.

Best to Add Chemo After Breast Cancer Surgery. Long-term results suggest that after resection of locally recurrent breast cancer, patients should also undergo adjuvant chemotherapy.

Existing Breast Cancer Drugs May Help More Women. Current screening tests may miss as many as 1 in 50 women with breast cancer who would benefit from treatment with highly effective breast cancer drugs.

Longer tamoxifen use cuts breast cancer deaths. For women with early estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer, a decade of tamoxifen is better than stopping after 5 years.

'Chemo Brain' May Actually Be Worry and Fatigue, Says Study. Reduced brain function caused by fatigue and worry is often present even before chemotherapy begins.  


Obesity and Overeating During Menopause Together Promote Breast Tumor Growth and Progression. Obese postmenopausal women have increased risk for breast cancer and poorer clinical outcomes compared with postmenopausal women who are lean.

New Studies Show Effects of Mammography Guideline Changes. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) found evidence that the new recommendations may lead to missed cancers and a decline in screening, according to two clinical studies presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

Breast Cancer 'Different' in Younger Women. Women 35 years of age or younger have a biologically different form of breast cancer than women who develop the disease at an older age.

Statins May Slow Inflammatory Breast Cancer. Inflammatory breast cancer grew significantly more slowly in women who had a history of treatment with statin drugs.

Dense Breast Awareness Ups Desire for More Screening. Three-quarters of women polled (76%) were unaware of their breast density, but some 95% said they'd be interested in additional screening with whole-breast ultrasound if they knew they had dense breasts.

First Breast Cancer, Then Diabetes? The risk began to rise 2 years after a breast cancer diagnosis.  

Breast MRI Doesn't Increase Unnecessary Mastectomies. Increased use of MRI to evaluate newly diagnosed breast cancers has not resulted in an increase in contralateral prophylactic mastectomy.
Trial Results Demonstrate Diagnostic Performance of Aurora Dedicated Breast MRI System Over Whole-Body Breast MRI. "The results of this multicenter trial validate what we have suspected for many years."  
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

Logiq E9 with XDclear Boosts Image Quality and Enhances Diagnostic Confidence. New features on the product allow for increased penetration on large patients, improved clarity and diagnostic confidence.

3D Echo Tracks Heart Damage From Chemo. Serial 3D echo measurements of cardiac function in women receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer are more reproducible than 2D echo.

Ultrasound a Viable Screening Option for Breast Cancer. In areas where screening mammography for breast cancer is scarce or nonexistent, ultrasound should be considered as a screening tool.

Siemens Releases syngo.Ultrasound Breast Analysis Software.

Radiologists, Develop Point-of-Care Ultrasound Training. Radiologists are not involved in ultrasound education and promoting its use in point of care or elsewhere, but it would be nice to have more involvement.


Devicor Announces FDA Approves Mammotome revolve Biopsy System. The new system with innovative features to provide further procedural efficiency and ease of use.

AccuFit Lorad Table Drape
AccuFit Hologic/Lorad MultiCare Draping Products



Previous CT May Increase Risk for Breast Cancer. There is a small but real increased risk of breast cancer associated with CT scans that include the chest in the field of view, such as pulmonary embolism and cardiac studies.

Repeat CT Scans May Up Breast Ca Risk in Young Women. The time period for this study is over 10 years, and CT technology over that period has changed substantially.

New Molecular Culprit Linked to Breast Cancer Progression. John Hopkins researchers identified a protein that wasn't known before to be involved in breast cancer progression.

Philips to Introduce MicroDose Mammography SI With Low-Dose Spectral Imaging. New Philips MicroDose SI, a full-field digital mammography system, brings the potential of non-invasive spectral imaging to clinical practice without exposing women to additional examinations or X-ray radiation. (FDA approval pending)


QSUM product Brachy Bandage
QSUM's Breast Brachytherapy Bandage

Interventional Radiology and Radiation Oncology: Together Again? "There are remarkable parallels between interventional radiology and radiation oncology, I believe they're running on the same track and at the same gauge. It ís time for their train tracks to merge."  




Mammo Face Mask
Mammo Face Mask

The 2013 Imaging Outlook. Industry experts from several professional societies and organizations gave their input about topics that will be at the forefront in 2013.

 New Way to Detect Suspicious Breast Lesions Based on Morphology.
ONCAD is the first, fully automated morphological ana lysis system designed to detect suspicious breast lesions as part of a second check during review of contrast enhanced MRI.

 Carestream Launches Digital Breast Tomosynthesis Module for its Vue Mammo Workstation. Carestream announced the availability of its Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) Module that displays DBT exams from DICOM-compliant acquisition devices on its CARESTREAM Vue Mammo Workstation.

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Mammo Ribbon IP Breast Bar pink gloves  



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Stereotactic Breast Biopsy: Approach, Technique, and Equipment

This webinar provides an overview of the clinical indications for performing stereotactic breast biopsy, as well as pitfalls, patient management, and selection of appropriate device.

This is an Archived 1-Hour Webinar
Presented on May 17, 2011
Available until June 30, 2013
For breast imaging professionals
Credit: 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1; 1.0 ARRT Category A+
Presented by Mary K. Hayes, MD

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




I love this video on knowledge.

Kauffman Sketchbook -
Kauffman Sketchbook - "The Half-Life of Facts"

Psy's "Gangnam Style" -- an amazing display of holiday lights!

Amazing Perth Christmas Lights 2012
Amazing Perth Christmas Lights 2012 "Gangnam Style" by Kym Illman

My Favorite December Recipe: Walnut Chai Tea Loaf 


This is a wonderful Holiday recipe and gift to share with others!   


Recipe - Chai Tea Loaf  


Walnut Chai Tea Loaf (click for recipe)



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