JULY 2013 

To All Our Colleagues, Friends and Customers,    


American Soldier - Toby Keith

Most of us can feel proud of the work we do and the causes we support.  No more, though, than the soldiers who have fought for our freedom and independence.   


Click the image on the left for a poignant reminder of why we get to celebrate Independence Day, what it means, and the sacrifices that were made to give us this blessing.


We hope you enjoy this month's collection of news. One article we're particularly proud of is about the announcement of QSUM's latest patent -- for the AccuFit MRI Coil draping.


Note, also, that we are featuring as our Hot Topic -- again -- Breast Density.  It continues to get a lot of coverage and represents an opportunity for real breakthroughs in diagnosing and treating breast cancer.  Complementing this Hot Topic, we're happy to feature a New Technology,  Volpara, breast density assessment software used to analyze any digital mammogram and produce objective results.





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"What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead." 
~ Nelson Mandela
HOT TOPIC: Breast Density
We are featuring Breast Density as our HOT TOPIC again this month.  Working in this field you probably already know a lot about it.  But, many of your patients might not understand the importance of this information.  What we share with you here can help you answer their questions about the new laws (do you know which states are leading the pack?), the new technologies, and where to get more information.

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, despite the possibility of false positives, invasive procedures, and out-of-pocket costs.

Tennessee and Alabama Pass Breast Density Inform Legislation. Thirty-six percent of American women now live in states with mandatory Breast Density Inform.

Breastlink of Temecula Valley to Offer iVu Imaging Sofia Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound Imaging. First medical center in Northern San Diego County and the Temecula Valley to offer New Breast Cancer Screening Technique.

Oregon's Breast Density Inform Bill Scheduled to be Signed. Once signed, 38% of American women will be living in states with mandatory Breast Density Inform.

US Highlighted New Technology for Breast Density: Automated Breast Tomography - IVU

5 states enact breast density notification bills. Tennessee, Hawaii, Maryland, Alabama, and Nevada have all signed breast density notification legislation into law, according to women's advocacy group Are You Dense.

Breast Cancer Screening in State Legislature. What would you be thinking if you just found out that your state was about to join the club?

Is the human brain wired to miss breast cancer? Radiologists miss breast cancer on mammography exams for many reasons, including failures of perception, poor compression or positioning, and breast density.

ABUS: The Future of Breast Screening. mammography alone has not been effective in all populations of women and is most notably ineffective in women who have dense breast tissue.
Volpara - Breast Density Software
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Volpara - Volumetric Breast Density Software

The Volpara Benefits
  • An automatic, objective and reproducible way to standardize breast density assessment.
  • Fast delivery of breast density results.
  • A clinically recognized way to reduce inter/intra observer variability associated with breast density assessment.
  • FDA cleared to provide a BI-RADS® Breast Density Category.
  • A clinical tool that has been validated in studies that associate volumetric breast density measurements and cancer risk.
  • Multi-vendor to provide cross-vendor standardization of density assessment.

New Technology Makes Breast Cancer Surgery More Precise. UC Irvine Medical Center are the first in the country to use a device that reduces by half the need to reoperate and cut out breast cancer cells missed during an initial lumpectomy.



Breast Cancer Gene Mutations More Common in Black Women. Black women with breast cancer are more likely than women in the general population to have genetic mutations linked to their disease, and a significant proportion of those mutations extend beyond the common BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations. (Your Medscape password required.)

Reading volume affects mammography performance. Radiologists who read fewer than 1,000 mammography studies per year may have worse diagnostic accuracy than those who read more.

Scientists Make Breast Cancer Advance That Turns Previous Thinking On Its Head. An advance in breast cancer research shows how some enzymes released by cancerous cells could have a protective function.

"Show and Tell" Images of Breast Cancer Survivors. Breast cancer patients have told us in the past, they didn't know where they could look to find answers about changes following surgery. One place is in the book Show and Tell.

Genetic Markers Could Focus Breast Cancer Chemoprevention. Two newly described genetic variations have the potential to individualize breast cancer chemoprevention with selective estrogen-receptor modulators (SERMs), such as tamoxifen and raloxifene. (Your Medscape password required.)

Citations of Scientific Results and Conflicts of Interest. Articles in specialty journals were more likely to explicitly reject results from the Cochrane reviews, and less likely to accept the results and methods, than articles in general medical journals. (Your Medscape password required.)

Study Questioning UK Breast Screening Program Is Flawed. A government review of all the data concluded last year that the program does save lives, but also leads to overdiagnosis. (Your Medscape password required.)

Osteoporosis Drug Stops Growth of Breast Cancer Cells, Even in Resistant Tumors. A drug approved in Europe to treat osteoporosis has now been shown to stop the growth of breast cancer cells.

Medical Assessment in the Blink of an Eye. Results show that, with specific training, an expert radiologist or cytologist learns the statistical regularities that distinguish normal from abnormal in the images in the realm of their expertise. They have the ability to feel that something is amiss, yet not know immediately where to find it.

Protein Protects Against Breast Cancer Recurrence in Animal Model. Researchers have identified a key molecular player in recurrent breast cancer -- a finding that suggests potential new therapeutic strategies.

Chemoprevention of Breast Cancer Recommended in Britain. The guideline offers evidence-based advice on the classification and care of people at risk for familial breast cancer and on the management of people with a diagnosis of breast cancer and a family history of breast, ovarian, or related cancer. (Your Medscape password required.)

Risk for Leukemia After Breast Cancer. Dr. Malmgren found a significantly increased risk for AML and MDS, especially in women aged 20-49 years, and that the rate of MDS was 30 times what you would find in the regular population. (Your Medscape password required.)
QSUM's LS702 One-Piece Stage Drape

Benign Breast Biopsy: When to Get Follow-Up Mammo? Researchers who followed women who had benign breast biopsies say having that test less than a year later finds few cancers and is a drain on health care dollars.


Recognizing Artifacts and Optimizing Breast MRI at 1.5 and 3 T.  This article will discuss routine 1.5 and 3 T MRI of the breast as well as illustrate several examples of patient-related and technical artifacts one might encounter. 

QSUM's MT301 Scalpel Needle Kit 

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



Basic Interventional Tray

Study suggests hand sanitizer OK as ultrasound gel substitute. If you're interested in a low-cost substitute for ultrasound gel, hand sanitizer works very well.

Shear-wave elastography boosts second-look breast US. Adding shear-wave elastography to a second-look breast ultrasound study performed after dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI) can detect nearly a third more cancers than B-mode ultrasound alone.

GE buys Unisyn ultrasound probe repair business. Acquiring Unisyn's transactional business, which includes its ultrasound probe repair activities as well as other service-related operations. The deal gives GE a presence in ultrasound probe repair that it previously lacked.

Siemens Announces FDA Clearance of Virtual Touch Elastography Imaging. Virtual Touch imaging is cleared for use in abdominal, breast, thyroid, small parts and musculoskeletal exams.

iVU Imaging  - New Technology for Breast Density: Automated Breast Tomography



For Node-Positive Breast Cancer, Axillary Radiation Is Best. Radiotherapy is a better option than surgical dissection for women with breast cancer and a positive sentinel lymph node, according to an international multicenter phase 3 trial. (Your Medscape password required.)

Use of advanced radiation therapy grows. The use of advanced radiation therapy technologies grew rapidly between 2004 and 2009 for treating men with prostate cancer. . .


Mammo Face Mask
Mammo Face Mask

6 Characteristics of the Top 1% of Successful People. What Wynn found out is that these six observations all point to the power of influence being seated in trust, clarity, and comfort.

Facebook Is Officially OK With (Some) Mastectomy Photos. This isn't the first time post-mastectomy photos have raised concerns on the social network.

SalaryScan data reveal gender gap between U.S. radiologists. Male radiologists make an average of 20% more than female radiologists in the U.S., according to new salary data.

GE buys Korean firm's mammography assets. In a bid to expand its presence in the value mammography market segment, GE Healthcare has inked a deal to acquire certain mammography assets of Rayence, a subsidiary of Korean x-ray manufacturer Vatech.

You should know:  New resource for women with advanced breast cancer. They are women who say they have been forgotten in the fight to beat breast cancer.  And now they want others with advanced breast cancer, to know they have support by sharing their perspective.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Study Shows Success in Finding New Treatment. The pilot study is the first of its kind to utilize novel protein activation mapping technology along with the genomic fingerprint of cancer as a way to find the most effective treatment.

Scientists Find Potential New Clues for Identifying Breast Cancer Risk. New research provides critical insights into how normal breast precursor cells may be genetically vulnerable to develop into cancer.

Mystery Behind Dormant Breast Tumor Cells That Become Metastatic Unlocked. The long-standing mystery behind dormant disseminated breast tumor cells and what activates them after years and even decades of latency may have been solved.

Hormone Replacement Therapy: British Menopause Society and Women's Health Concern Release Updated Guidelines. With these updated recommendations, it is hoped that HRT will once again be used appropriately and provide benefits for many women in their menopause.

Public Health's Role in Health Care Reform -- Lessons from Massachusetts. Five important lessons learned from the Massachusetts experience.

Unisyn Renames Diagnostic Imaging Field Service Business Consensys Imaging Service. the Unisyn diagnostic imaging field service business will continue to operate as a standalone entity under the new name Consensys Imaging Service Inc. Consensys corporate headquarters will be the companyís existing service facility in Cary, Ill

Osteoporosis Drug Stops Growth of Breast Cancer Cells, Even in Resistant Tumors. The drug bazedoxifene packs a powerful one-two punch that not only prevents estrogen from fueling breast cancer cell growth.


Blogs are a great channel for both getting information and providing your own input. Authors of blogs generally invite comments and the exchange of ideas often leads to rich engagement and involvement.  The first blog listed here is actually the author's response to a reader's comment on an earlier blog post. 

Breast Cancer Surgery -- Revisited. Weighing the risks and benefits

QSUM is blogging, too . . .

QSUM's Blog - Navigating Healthcare with a Patient Advocate
Whether you're faced with breast cancer or any other serious health issue, a healthcare navigator can provide support and guidance throughout the process.


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  



Larry Norton: From A to B in Breast Cancer.  This Medscape article is accessible only to Medscape subscribers (most of our readers). It includes a video of an interview conducted by Kathy D. Miller, MD. Topics covered in this 20-minute interview:
  • How Cancer Cells Set up Shop in the Axilla
  • Axillary Lymph Node Involvement
  • The Yin and Yang of Adjuvant Treatment
  • Clearing Up Confusion About Dose-Dense Treatment
  • BOLERO-3: Lessons in Walking Through Water

Dr. Norton also appeared on The View, and discussed breast cancer, in general.  

Dr. Larry Norton on Breast Cancer! - The View
Dr. Larry Norton on Breast Cancer! - The View
Recipe of the Month:

According to the instructions in this recipe, this is "The Best Rockin' Guac", and should be served with gluten-free tortilla chips and Brazilian music.  


Recipe - July 2013




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