MAY 2013 

To All Our Colleagues, Friends and Customers,    


Every month we try to bring you the best and most current articles, studies, and videos to help you keep up with all that's happening in

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Stacy Adams with her husband Jay and son Cooper.

the breast health field.  We often come across personal stories that are powerfully written and are filled with insights and inspiration.   


We'd like to highlight one of those stories this month.  Here is a link to Stacy Adams' account of her battle with breast cancer.  Her life, of course, has been changed, as so many lives are changed by breast cancer.  Stacy is one of those brave women who chose to do something positive as a result of her experience.


As a medical professional in this field, we hope you'll share this story of hope and strength with others.      




Cynthia Henke & Hudson Jones


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Do you have good friends??? Well, you will know when it comes to a crisis and you need help.  Just ask a cancer patient ...     
Mathematical Models Out-Perform Doctors in Predicting Cancer Patients' Responses to Treatment. "The models use information from previous patients to create a statistical formula that can be used to predict the probability of outcome and responses to treatment . . . "

E-health made easier & and more comfortable. The future of health care could be found in a tiny, paper-thin skin patch that collects vital information.

A new Free App for IPhone and IPad to find out if you have dense breasts!  Available through iTunes.

Experts discuss proton therapy's potential for breast cancer. Standard radiotherapy for breast cancer holds the risk of long-term side effects due to low-level irradiation of the heart and lungs. This risk may be minimized if proton therapy is used.


Study upholds breast cancer mortality for hormone replacement. Taking estrogen and progestin to treat symptoms of menopause might not be so dangerous after all.

Virginia Amends its Breast Density Notification Law. Virginia has amended its breast density inform law to include language in information given to patients explaining the risk of dense breast tissue.

FDA Advances Breast Density Reporting Draft Regulation. FDA has advised that draft regulation work on breast density reporting is advancing and the "publication for comment" process could occur in 2013.

Estrogen Plus Progestin Use Linked With Increased Breast Cancer Incidence and Mortality. Estrogen plus progestin use is linked with increased breast cancer incidence.

Certain Breast Cancers Have a Trait That Could Be Attacked by New Therapies. We identified a specific cell membrane protein that blocks cell death in breast cancer cells and allows these cells to grow in response to hormone replacement therapy.

Providers Using Breast Tomosynthesis Report Positive Return on Investment Despite Lack of Reimbursement. Forty-three of 44 providers interviewed would buy tomosynthesis (3-D mammography) again despite the additional time it takes and the unpredictable reimbursement.

Breast Cancer Mortality Gap Still Baffling. Of 1,643 breast cancer patients, black women were 71% more likely to die of the disease than their white counterparts.

Mammograms for Older Women May Be Beneficial. Women 75 and older who skipped mammograms were at an increased risk of dying from breast cancer.

Therapeutic Vaccines for Metastatic Breast Cancer. Recent molecular advances have suggested that indeed the immune system may be successfully exploited to attack cancer cells. One way of accomplishing this is with vaccines.

Motion Measure Probes Exercise, Breast Cancer Link. A motion detector is helping scientists understand the correlation between activity and decreased breast cancer in postmenopausal women.

Researchers Discuss New Frontiers in Breast Cancer Screening. Advancements in breast cancer screening will need a personalized touch because mammography is not a "one strategy fits all" technology.

Fujifilm Displays Advances in Breast Imaging With Aspire Product Line. The Aspire product line delivers image clarity and patient comfort and is designed to maximize productivity throughout an entire mammography department.

Mammogram Rate Did Not Decline in U.S. After Controversial Recommendations. More than 3 years after the USPSTF recommended against routine mammography a study  finds that mammogram rates in the United States have not declined in that age group, or any other.

Coffee May Help Prevent Breast Cancer Returning, Study Finds. Drinking coffee could decrease the risk of breast cancer recurring in patients taking the widely used drug Tamoxifen.

Aspirin may block breast cancer. Low-dose aspirin may block the growth and spread of breast cancer, new research suggests.    

Pre-op MRI Valuable in Older Breast Cancer Patients. The value of an extent-of-disease magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam in patients 60 years and older with newly diagnosed breast cancer has been clearly demonstrated in a single-center study.

How Useful Is Preoperative MRI in Patients With Breast Cancer? We do not have information about the impact of MRI on survival, although other reports suggest that undergoing MRI confers no survival benefits. (Requires MedScape Login)

MRI adds to cancer detection in women with breast implants. When used as an adjunct to mammography and ultrasound, MRI can find additional cancers and provide more detail about their location in patients with breast implants. 

MR Fingerprinting Offers Novel Approach to Disease Imaging. A new method of magnetic resonance imaging could provide a non-invasive method of identifying diseases such as specific cancers, multiple sclerosis or heart disease through a novel approach to data acquisition, post-processing and visualization.  
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Including menopause as factor aids breast US performance. Much research has been conducted on breast density and elasticity, but menopause as a factor has not been addressed. Due to the decrease of estrogen during menopause, the elasticity of the breast also changes.




Gamma Medica'­s LumaGEM Breast Imaging Business Acquired by Psilos Group. Gamma Medica Inc. has been acquired through a chapter 11 sale by Imaging Acquisition Inc., an entity controlled by healthcare growth equity firm Psilos Group Managers LLC. ěPsilosí growth capital will provide us with the funding needed to expand on our commercialization strategy.

Study says 25 percent don't complete breast cancer treatment. One-quarter of women who should take hormone-blocking therapies as part of their breast cancer treatment either do not start or do not complete the five-year course.

PET/CT predicts early breast cancer response to chemo. By using FDG-PET/CT, physicians will be in a better position to noninvasively predict a breast cancer patient's response to treatment after two cycles of neoadjuvant chemotherapy, helping them decide on the next course of action.


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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.    


SAVI breast brachytherapy produces good 4-year outcomes. Patients who received breast brachytherapy delivered with a strut-based applicator had low recurrence rates and minimal toxicities four years after treatment, according to a presentation at last week's American Brachytherapy Society (ABS) meeting.  


Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy Reduces Side Effects in Patients With Early Breast Cancer. IMRT is an advanced, high-precision form of radiotherapy that can deliver an even dose of radiation, thus reducing the cosmetic problems that can often occur after breast radiotherapy.



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Better communication lowers women's breast biopsy anxiety. Women's perceptions of better communication with radiologists is associated with lower levels of anxiety both before and after breast biopsies.



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Mammo Face Mask
Mammo expert Tabár releases breast health book in 3D format. The book's stereoscopic pictures are made from a pair of photographs taken from slightly different angles. When the pictures are seen through the special viewer, they reproduce natural 3D vision.

Breast Cancer Risk Factors Table.  Every woman should go to this and just do a quick check of what your risks are.

Thank You, Amy for bringing Dense Breast Documentation to California. On April 1, a new law takes effect, requiring doctors to give women more information about their risk of breast cancer, and helping them evaluate the various options for testing that will find cancers as early as possible.

Model May Predict Final Menstrual Period. A new model using levels of two hormones may help predict when perimenopausal women will have their final period.

New Imaging Agent Enables Better Cancer Detection, More Accurate Staging. Researchers at the University of California, have shown that a new imaging dye, is an effective agent in detecting and mapping cancers that have reached the lymph nodes. 
Viztek Offers PACS for Digital Breast Tomosynthesis. Viztek is one of the first picture archive and communications service (PACS) vendors to provide viewing capabilities for digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) imaging.

CAD-enhanced Mammo Gives More Early Cancer False Alarms.  Mammograms enhanced with computer-aided detection (CAD) programs are detecting more noninvasive and early-stage breast cancers, but are also causing more false alarms.

Scientific Basis for Cognitive Complaints of Breast Cancer Patients. A new study demonstrates a significant correlation between poorer performance on neuropsychological tests and memory complaints in post-treatment, early-stage breast cancer patients -- particularly those who have undergone combined chemotherapy and radiation.
5 Easy Ways to Detox While in Breast Cancer Recovery.

Galapagos discovers novel candidate drug to treat breast cancer. Galapagos discovers novel candidate drug to treat breast cancer.

Breast Pain Issue for One in Three Female Marathon Runners. Women with larger cup sizes seem to be more susceptible, but childless women also seem to be more prone, and wearing a sports bra doesn't always help.

Best Blog:  Age 29, No Cancer, Removed My Breasts Anyway.



Age 29, No Cancer, Removed My Breasts Anyway. BRCA1 and BRCA2 are genes that ensure stable and controlled cell growth.  Testing positive refers to a mutation of these genes that is linked especially to breast and ovarian cancer.

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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





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Recipes of the Month


A Healthy Turkey Pot Pie.


How about some Red Velvet Cupcakes to top off dinner.   







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