Women’s Imaging, Now and Beyond

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Daniel-DiPaola2By Daniel DiPaola, MS, RT(R), CRA

December 2013—Friends and colleagues gathered on a crisp autumn afternoon as the AHRA Northeast Group held its second annual women’s imaging conference in association with Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  “Women’s Imaging, Now and Beyond” was the theme of the October gathering, which was held at Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel, New York. The location provided an excellent opportunity for autumn leaf peeping.

The information packed program attracted approximately 50 imaging professionals from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.

Ashmitha Srinivasan, MD was the keynote speaker. The subject of Dr. Srinivasan’s presentation was “Emerging Technologies in Breast Cancer Detection,” which explored exciting new technologies being applied to address shortcomings in full field digital mammography, the current gold standard in breast cancer detection.

The presentation provided an overview of new and upcoming imaging techniques that are available in breast cancer detection, and addressed the current data with regards to their benefits and limitations. Dr. Srinivasan also reviewed other modalities including nuclear imaging, MRI, ultrasound, CT, and molecular imaging and their promises to improve breast cancer detection.

Dr. Srinivasan is a practicing radiologist at Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, NY.

In addition, there were several presentations of relevance to all attendees. Betty Dedon of Fujifilm, presented on the Aspire HD Plus. Deanna Schultz of Kubtec spoke on “Stereotactic Core Imaging.” Eric Liu of Siemens engaged all with “Imaging Solutions for Dense Breast Tissue.” Richard J. Foster, Beekley Corporation’s Director of Technical Training, introduced Bella Blankets, Protective Coverlets for Mammography.

As always, there were networking opportunities and discussion groups for sharing information and best practices. The “round table” discussion topics included the Affordable Care Act, quality metrics, and breast imaging technologies as well as reimbursements and HCAHPS. These discussions provide valuable information for all participants by encouraging imaging professionals to share their knowledge and experiences.

The AHRA Northeast group thanks the Putnam Hospital Center for providing the beautiful facilities.

Thanks to Siemens’ Matt Antony for providing catering for the event. Additionally, the AHRA Northeast group wishes to thank the committee members who donated their time to make the conference a success: Ernesto Cerdena, Gene Bernieri, Jory Vidulich, Lori Burns, Viviana Ruscitto, Rhonda Makoske, and Daniel DiPaola.

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Daniel DiPaola MS ,RT(R), CRA is the chief technologist at Nyack Hospital in Nyack, NY. He can be reached at ddipaola1@gmail.com.

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