APRIL 2013 

To All Our Colleagues, Friends and Customers,    


NCBC 2013 - Winner! On March 23-27 we attended the 23rd Annual NCBC conference (National Consortium of Breast Centers) in Las Vegas.   Congratulations to Cheryl Shapiro, RT(R)(M) of Mission Valley Hospital in Mission Viejo, CA.  She is the lucky winner of the beautiful pink ONISS watch we gave away at our booth.   


That's me, Cindy, on the left; and Hudson on the right.  The show was well attended.  It was great to see so many of you -- thanks for stopping by our booth!

Every month we try to bring you some of the most interesting and relevant information about topics in our industry.  Sometimes, that's a lot of stuff!  We noticed  the articles getting the most attention are ones that contain video or information about a study. So, this month we marked those articles with "video" or "study" so you can find them quickly.  We hope this makes your QSUM Quips experience even better!





Cynthia Henke & Hudson Jones


Thought For The Day
New Technology
Breast MRI
Breast Ultrasound
PET/PEM/CT/BSGI Information
Brachytherapy/Radiation Therapy
Brachytherapy/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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Rocky Mount, NC
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Thought For The Day
"People tend to complicate their own lives, as if living weren't already complicated enough."   
-- Carlos Ruiz Zafón     
Three-dimensional fluorescence tomography of human breast tissues in vivo using a hand-held optical imager. Diffuse optical imaging is a non-invasive and non-ionizing method that shows promise towards breast cancer diagnosis. study

 FDA OKs Lymph Node Mapping Aid. A radiolabeled drug that highlights tumor-draining lymph nodes so that they can be located in breast cancer and melanoma patients has won FDA approval.



Modest Growth Projected in the U.S. Breast Imaging Systems Market Amidst Increasing Breast Cancer Prevalence.

False-Positive Mammogram Is Far From Harmless. A false-positive screening mammogram can cause lasting psychological harm.

Overdiagnosis on Screening Mammography 'Unavoidable'. For women screened every 2 years from the age of 50 to the age of 70, about 1% "will have a breast cancer detected and treated that otherwise would not have surfaced clinically during their lifetime.

Breast Density Changes the Breast Imaging Landscape. With the new laws on breast density notification sweeping the nations, radiologists are concerned 2-dimenstional digital mammography alone may not be enough for screening patients with dense breasts.

Breast Imaging Market Is Picking Up After Slow Period. After struggling through several years of declining demand and facility closures, the market is rebounding and more growth is expected.

Digital, Analogue Mammo Equal in Measuring Breast Density. Breast density can be accurately scored with images obtained through either digital mammography or film-screen (FS) mammography. Includes study.

Mammography debate is the most recent in a tumultuous history.  Dr. Handel Reynolds has written a book that examines the use of mammography since its introduction in the 1970s and links it to social and political movements.

What to expect on your first day of chemotherapy. I really didn't know what to expect the first day. However, almost 4 years later, I feel like a pro.

Nipple Sparing Mastectomy: Is MRI useful in planning? It appears that MRI is not superior to thorough clinical evaluation for predicting tumor in or near the nipple.

Should breast cancer patients skip the pre-op MRI? A new review of existing evidence suggests that using magnetic resonance imaging to "stage" a woman's breast cancer before surgery might do more harm than good.

Breast MRI blog protocol: In the detection of breast cancer, MRI offers high sensitivity while exposing the patient to no ionizing radiation.

Breast MRI benefits from research. Some states have passed legislation requiring radiologists to tell women if they have dense breasts, and to advise them of what additional imaging, besides mammography, is needed for proper diagnosis and effective care.

QSUM's MT301 Scalpel Needle Kit 
New QSUM MRI Scalpel/Needle Kit
QSUM's MRI Biopsy Tray



Basic Interventional Tray

Techniques for Ultrasound-guided core biopsy.
Yearly screening breast US benefits women with dense tissue. Study data presented at last week's RSNA 2012 meeting suggest that this population would benefit from yearly scans.

Including menopause as factor aids breast US performance. Menopause has an important influence on breast elasticity as measured by elasticity parameters.

Breast Ultrasound Best for Evaluating Young Women. Ultrasound should be the primary imaging modality in women aged 30 to 39 years with focal breast signs or symptoms, according to a large study.

Ultrasounds, MRIs Can Find More Breast Cancer, Says Study. Annual mammogram screenings, combined with ultrasounds and MRIs, significantly increase the detection of cancer in women who had an elevated risk of breast cancer.




FDA Clears Philips' MicroDose SI Mammo System. Philips has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its MicroDose SI mammography system, the first full-field digital mammography system which can enable future Single-Shot Spectral Imaging applications

Digirad Launches Molecular Breast Imaging Accessory for Expanded Use of Ergo Imaging System. The ergo Imaging System, which includes indications for use to aid in the evaluation of lesions in the breast and other small body parts.

Medicare to Cover FDG-PET for Most Cancers. Medicare will pay for of so-called FDG-PET scans for monitoring malignant tumors in routine practice, except in prostate cancer.

QSUM product Brachy Bandage
QSUM's Breast Brachytherapy Bandage

Radiation Therapy boosts heart disease risk in breast cancer patients. Radiation therapy (RT) has played a key role in reducing breast cancer mortality rates, but even at low doses it can increase a woman's risk of heart disease.



QSUM's LS702 One-Piece Stage Drape System

Experts Address: What can a woman do to prepare for a breast biopsy? In this video, Dr. Holwitt, is candid and comforting in her explanation.

Understanding the Breast Biopsy Evaluation Process. DNA confirmation helps reduce medical errors and ensures proper patient care. (Go to page 19 on this link.)


 Tumor DNA Marks Changes in Metastatic BRCA. Breast cancer DNA represents a "liquid biopsy" that might be used to monitor metastatic disease and the effects of treatment. Includes study.



Mammo Face Mask
Mammo Face Mask

New York Breast Density Information Law Goes Into Effect. It is designed to improve the early detection of breast cancer by informing women of their breast density and encouraging them to discuss with their physicians the potential benefits of additional screening tests.

FDA Advances Breast Density Reporting Draft Regulation. Standardizing Breast Density Inform notification language would be welcome news for the 40 percent of American women with dense breasts.

Does Aspirin Reduce Breast Cancer Risk? The study found no reduction in breast cancer rates were seen in users of these agents.

Social Media Heightens Customer Service Opportunities, Risks. Consumers who have used social media for customer service are more engaged and vocal in speaking about their experiences than the general population.

Phthalates and BPA make an unexpected appearance. Researchers found high levels of DEHP in spices like coriander, cinnamon and cayenne pepper, as well as in dairy products.

PTSD Often Seen With Breast Cancer Diagnosis. Nearly a quarter of women newly diagnosed with breast cancer experienced post-traumatic stress disorder. Includes video.

Breast cancer and the environment: Women's exposures early in life could unlock mysteries. Collected from more than 15,000 San Francisco Bay Area women after they gave birth in the 1960s, each vial of blood holds a woman's lifetime of secrets. Scientists say these vials could help them unravel one of the most enduring medical mysteries: Why do some women, with no family history, develop breast cancer? Includes study.

The Radiologist-Tech Relationship: Why You Should Care. Patient safety is one reason communication needs to be good between radiologist and tech.

7 Cancer Signs Women May Not Recognize. when cancer signs are recognized early, women have a much better chance of treating and beating breast cancer, skin cancer, and other forms of cancer.

How To Reduce Risk Of Pain After Breast Cancer Surgery. Watch this video to find out more about the study and what you can do to reduce your risk of pain after breast cancer surgery.

Cancer: A Preventable Disease Is Creating a Revolution. We may be seeing a revolution in our whole approach to cancer. Some highly placed researchers now believe that 90-95% of cancers are preventable with drastic lifestyle changes. (Includes video.) 

Fly Fishing Retreat Comforts Women Affected by Breast Cancer. Casting for Recovery is seeking applicants for the seventh annual southern Idaho retreat, May 31-June 2. 

Record label swaps x-ray film for traditional vinyl. Old medical x-ray films were literally pressed into service to form limited-edition discs of a new single from record label Third Man Records.

 ABCD Mentors & Former Y-ME Peer Counselors Team Up. The closing of Y-ME prompted ABCD to accelerate its plans to assure continuity of free breast cancer support services.

 Dietary Vitamin D and Calcium: No Link to Breast Cancer Risk. The largest study to date investigating whether dietary vitamin D and calcium intake reduces breast cancer risk has found what earlier evidence has also concluded: It doesn't. Includes study.

Sleep Duration, Sleep Quality, and Breast Cancer Risk. Five studies have investigated the relationship between sleep duration and breast cancer and have shown mixed results. study

Data Misleading for HRT, Breast Cancer Link. The evidence as to whether hormone replacement therapy (HRT) plays a causal role in breast cancer is insufficient to support that hypothesis, and there are major flaws in studies analyzing the data.

What to expect on your first day of chemotherapy. I really didn't know what to expect the first day. However, almost 4 years later, I feel like a pro.

Man in Pink: My last chemotherapy treatment. It was the last step in the chemotherapy part of my 142-day, 15-treatment male breast cancer journey that has left me tired, hairless, with feet that manage to be numb and sore at the same time, with unsightly finger nails.

Lion Dressed Up As Lamb: Breast Cancer in Young Women. "Evidence from the US National Cancer Institute Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database suggests that the incidence of advanced breast cancer in young women is increasing."

Fruit and Vegetable Intake and Breast Cancer Risk. The findings of this study support the emphasis of public messages for greater vegetable and selective fruit intake by extending a potential benefit for ER-negative breast cancer.

High-Fat Dairy May Increase Risk for Breast Cancer Death. The type of dairy product that women with breast cancer consume could be an important lifestyle choice. study

Patients noticing transient changes in their augmented or reconstructed breasts during air travel. Despite an absence of documentation in the medical literature, the concept of implant expansion, leading to explosive rupture, during flight is so fixed in the popular culture that it was tested on the television show MythBusters. 

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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





The Pink Glove dance has evolved. Fun and entertaining. More importantly, it contains good messages and information.

This Town - Pink Scrubs Video - Cuyuna Riverwood Breast Health Alliance
This Town - Pink Scrubs Video - Cuyuna Riverwood Breast Health Alliance

Protect Our Breasts.
Protect Our Breasts Refuses Breast Cancer
Protect Our Breasts Refuses Breast Cancer
Share this with the young women in your life.

Recipe of the Month: Salmon, Mango-Avocado Salsa


Full of antioxidants, and lots of flavor!   



Recipe - April 2013 - Salmon-mango-avoc




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When putting together the monthly QSUM Quips, we've come to rely on particular resources, such as Diagnostic Imaging, MedPage Today,  and ITN (Imaging Technology News). In this age of blogging, however, we've also found some useful and interesting articles written by individuals in the field.  If you're a blogger, or if you have discovered a blog you think our readers would enjoy, please let us know.  We'd be happy to include links in QSUM Quips to those kinds of stories.

Thank you! 


Cindy Henke

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