Best Practices: Imaging
The American College of Radiology (ACR), recently, amended their Practice Parameters for the Performance of Screening and Diagnostic Mammography with a recommendation that: “Facilities should require consistent use of radiographically distinct...
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Best Practices: Imaging
In the day to day role of a radiologist, the ability to read thoroughly and accurately is an expectation. I recently spoke with Dr. Jean Weigert, a dedicated breast radiologist with Jefferson Radiology, an affiliate of MEDNAX, who in between reading...
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Best Practices: Imaging
The use and benefits of MR-specific skin markers in orthopedic MRI are well known but we often receive questions with regard to their use in breast MRI. Technologists and radiologists often ask about the situations where a skin marker is helpful as...
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Best Practices: Imaging
Friday morning, 8:00 am, my first patient arrives. A 61 year old woman with a personal history of breast cancer and a mother with postmenopausal breast cancer presents for her annual mammogram.  The routine images are obtained and the patient quietly...
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Best Practices: Imaging
Mammography technologists are the eyes and ears of the radiologist; which makes them critically important in the breast imaging process.  Aside from the performance of high quality imaging, the most important service that a technologist can provide...
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Best Practices: Imaging
The MQSA (Mammography Quality Standards Act and Program), monitored by the FDA, has been in regulation for 25 years with the primary purpose of monitoring clinical imaging quality at mammography facilities.   Once a year, an inspector visits an...
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Best Practices: Imaging
What makes for an "aha" moment?   For Dr. David Gruen, Director of Women's Imaging for Stamford Health (Stamford, CT), it was the realization that he and his team were working up more patients for architectural distortion in 3D Mammography...
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Best Practices: Imaging
"If only I knew then what I know now." A common refrain as more and more imaging centers are moving towards offering digital breast tomosynthesis or 3D mammography. Despite the amount of literature available from equipment manufacturers and industry...
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Best Practices: Imaging
Are you experiencing a blurring or slinky artifact with your skin markers in digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT)? Using skin markers intended for 2-D mammography could be your culprit. DBT or 3-D mammography is very sensitive to densities – this is...
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