- Look for the DBI exhibit stand in the Austria Center (Hall D, level -2).
- Please contact Cheryl Cruwys at +33 643 88 67 85 to schedule a ‘‘meet up.”
U.S. State Density Inform Bill and Insurance Bills
West Virginia has introduced two density “inform” bills; please see DBI’s updated legislation MAP for details. And, insurance bill introductions requiring coverage for expanded breast imaging continue with 20+ bills so far!
- Please visit Cheryl Cruwys, European Education Coordinator, at table C07 on the exhibition floor to learn more about DB-i /Europe and educational tools for both patients and health providers
- Don’t miss the Oxford Debate, This house believes that women can make an informed choice on screening methods
- Featuring DB-i European Liaison Dr. Athina Vourtsis, Athens/GR (yes) and Professor Dame Lesley Fallowfield, Sussex/UK (no)
- Where/When: Malmo Arena Lecture Hall, Friday, 30 September, 12:00 (local time)
DB-i Medical Advisory Board member Dr. Regina Hooley and her colleague Dr. Melissa Durand, comment in an editorial on the study by Chen et al in the UK, and note that mammographic technologists can perform as well as radiologists reading two-dimensional digital mammograms in the setting of a double reading screening program, and “it is reasonable to consider that appropriately trained and experienced physician extenders could have the potential to independently read screening mammograms.”
Just out in ScienceDirect, Global guidelines for breast cancer screening: A systematic review. The study reviewed and compared the latest international breast screening guidelines for women both at average risk and at higher risk.
European Congress of Radiology
DenseBreast-info.org/Europe will be attending the European Congress of Radiology (#ECR2022), July 13 – 17 in Vienna. Both DB-i’s European Liaison, Dr. Athina Vourtsis, and Education Coordinator, Cheryl Cruwys, will be there. If you are attending, the DB-i/Europe team would be delighted to see you! The #ECR2022 theme is “Patients in Focus” with an extensive programme.
Look for the DenseBreast-info.org/Europe exhibition stand and promotional banner located in the Annex (left of Tech Gate Auditorium, at the back of the Tech Gate lobby area).
Mark your calendars!
The 7th biennial Why Study Mammographic Density? conference will take place in-person (Melbourne, Australia) and online on September 27-28, 2022. The two-day hybrid event aims to share new research and knowledge concerning mammographic density and brings together a multi-disciplinary mix of researchers, clinicians, consumers, industry providers and policy makers.
The European Federation of Radiographers Societies joins many other European groups sharing/linking to DenseBreast-info.org education resources for members. Learn why EFRS leadership feels it important that providers understand the screening implications of dense tissue HERE.
DenseBreast-info.org, the entire breast imaging community, and women worldwide are profoundly grateful to Dr. Lawrence Bassett for his decades of significant contributions to every aspect of breast imaging: quality assurance, standardized reporting, education, scholarship, and friendship. We mourn his unexpected passing on December 14, 2020.
This has been a trying, challenging year on many fronts. We thank you for your ongoing support and for your continued focus on women’s breast health during a global pandemic. We send every wish for a peaceful holiday season to you and your family and our hopes that 2021 brings only blessings.
Educational Needs of Referring Physicians
In the current issue of Radiology Today, our OB/GYN Medical Advisory Board members, Drs. Elizabeth Etkin-Kramer and DaCarla M. Albright, share their insights on the educational needs of referring providers, Women’s Imaging – Educational Needs of Referring Physicians in Managing Patients with Dense Breasts. Included is a Case Study in Education by Dr. Toula Destounis that details how her center addressed referring provider and community education when New York’s density inform law went into effect.
Canadian MAB Member News:
Congratulations to Dr. Paula Gordon, 2020 recipient of the Prix d’excellence – Specialist of the Year! Dr. Gordon, a tireless and engaged voice on the topic, is a medical advisor to both DenseBreast-info.org and patient advocacy effort DenseBreastsCanada.ca
New MAB Spotlight: Dr. Jean Seely is Professor of Medicine in the Department of Radiology at the University of Ottawa. She is Head of the Breast Imaging Section at the Ottawa Hospital, Regional Breast Imaging Lead for the Ontario Breast Screening Program in Champlain region and Co-Chair of the Canadian Association of Radiologists’ Breast Imaging Working group and sits on the Executive board of CAR Mammography Accreditation Program. She is a Fellow of the Society of Breast Imaging. She is an Editorial Board member of Canadian Association of Radiology and Breast Imaging Journals. Her commitment is to reduce the mortality and morbidity of breast cancer and provide high quality breast imaging nationally and internationally. She is President of the Canadian Society of Breast Imaging. Her research interests include Breast MRI, breast cancer screening, quality in breast imaging and patient experience. We are delighted to have Dr. Seely on board!
Who Needs More Screening? Flowchart:
The Who Needs More Screening? flowchart has been newly updated to reflect NCCN endorsement of contrast-enhanced mammography or ultrasound for women who meet criteria for screening MRI but are unable to have it; please discontinue use of any earlier version. (European visitor access: click USA/HOME, and see dropdown in For Providers tab)
Density Education in Europe:
The European Federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS) will be linking to DB-i website/materials as a resource for their members. Through its member organisations, the EFRS represents 45 national societies/professional bodies, 66 academic institutions of radiography education, and more than 105,000 radiographers and 8,500 radiography students across Europe.
The International Cancer Control Partnership (ICCP) now includes the DB-i link within the ICCP resource portal of key resources. The ICCP is a group of organisations engaged in supporting country cancer control planning efforts. Through the ICCP, these organisations, including the WHO, CDC, NCI-USA, and UICC, are committed to working together to ensure that all countries have a well-resourced, quality cancer control plan, integrated with non-communicable disease control efforts.
It is the time of year when many are normally headed to RSNA. While always a wonderful opportunity to meet with our generous Educational Supporters and host DB-i’s annual MAB and European Ambassadors appreciation dinner, this year will be quite different. We wish all a productive virtual RSNA and look forward to seeing everyone in 2021!
The Patient Fact Sheet is now available in 14 languages; the latest to be added is Hungarian. If you can assist with translation in a language not currently included, please contact us.
Please join us in welcoming a new European Education Ambassador from Bulgaria! Our newest Ambassador: Daniela Manolova, MD, Radiologist, Department of Diagnostic Imaging, University Multidisciplinary Hospital for Active Treatment, “Sveti Georgi”, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
A new patient video, My Dense Breast Story, just out from a UK patient about a delayed diagnosis due to density.
A reminder that a patient Density Request Template was developed by Breast Density Matters UK and can be downloaded HERE.
Two years ago, DB-i/Europe was launched in response to the growing need for a medically sourced resource on the topic for European health providers. European-specific content was created, and the website continues to evolve with new content development and expanded reach via collaboration with European health professionals, universities, and medical societies.
THANK YOU! At this milestone, we would like to acknowledge and thank our radiological European Education Ambassadors from 14 countries and extend appreciation to GE Healthcare, Siemens Healthineers, Hologic and Volpara Health for their ongoing grant support of this European educational effort.
– NEW: Our printable Patient Fact Sheet is now available in 13 languages. Newly added: Bulgarian, Croatian, and Slovenian. More to follow!
– DB-i Education Ambassador from Germany, Dr. Christiane Kuhl, explains the implications of dense tissue in a new ITN/Video
- We are delighted to share news of DB-i/Europe’s expanding reach. There are a growing number of organizations sharing/linking to DB-i resources and supporting breast density education including Prevent Breast Cancer, eCancer.org, the European Society of Radiology (EU International Affairs) Patient Advisory Group and a new collaboration with the Outreach Research Innovation Group (UK), Manchester.
- DB-i’s European Education Coordinator, Cheryl Cruwys, has penned an article for Etcetra Online, Breast Density and Your Mammogram.
Medical Advisory Board News
- Welcome! Jean M Seely, MD, FRCPC, FSBI, has joined the DB-i Medical Advisory Board. Dr. Seely is Full Professor of Radiology, University of Ottawa, Head of Breast Imaging Section, The Ottawa Hospital, Ontario, Canada.
- Congratulations! Kudos to Jiyon Lee, MD, FACR, FSBI, who has just been honored by being named a Fellow of the American College of Radiology.
- Engaged Voices:
AJR Review Article
- Risk Model Tutorial (includes details on how the models are used, risk model explanations, diagnostic considerations, and a risk model table which includes live links to each model)
- Patient Fact Sheet (one-page, downloadable; available in multiple languages soon)
- Table: Comparative Analysis of National Breast Screening Guidelines in Europe (interactive map content now in a comparative table)
- Diagnostic Imaging/Europe article: Using Education to Overcome Unequal Access to Supplemental Screening for Women with Dense Breasts
European Congress of Radiology:
The ECR 2020 online meeting will take place July 15-19 and DB-i’s EPOS poster, European Expansion of DenseBreast-info.org Educational Resource, is now available. We look forward to seeing you all at the 2021 meeting.
Breast Density and Gene Mutations Project:
UK charity Prevent Breast Cancer is now featuring DB-i’s patient fact sheet, Why a Conversation About Your Breast Density Matters, within their research project description. Additionally, an accompanying article on the patient fact sheet will be included in their Latest News section soon.