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On the Forefront of Research:
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a breakthrough research study co-authored by Dr. Debra Somers Copit, Director of Breast Imaging. The study, the largest of 3D mammography studies to date, found that 3D mammography finds significantly more invasive cancers and reduces unnecessary recalls. Einstein is one of only two health systems in the city to offer this three-dimensional digital test to everyone who comes in for a routine mammogram. Dr. Copit and Einstein Healthcare Network have been at the forefront of this new approach to breast cancer screening. Many hospitals have yet to make this service available to all patients.
The study looked at nearly a half-million mammograms at a diverse range of sites throughout the United States. The key findings included:
- 41% increase in invasive cancer detected with 3D mammography- 15 % decrease in unnecessary recalls for false alarms- 29% increase in detection of all breast cancers
"Having worked with digital breast tomosynthesis at Einstein since 2009, I've seen first-hand the benefits it offers our patients," said Dr. Copit. "But I needed the data from a larger cohort to validate our own findings. The results of this study support what we have experienced. Digital breast tomosynthesis, or 3D mammograms, as it is more commonly known, truly is an advancement in the field of mammography and it is my hope that the study will encourage others to recognize the importance of this technology."
To hear more from Dr. Copit, listen to her interview with WHYY:http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/health-science/item/69559-do-3d-mammograms-detect-more-invasive-cancers-
or read this story from KYW News Radio:http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2014/06/25/study-3d-mammograms-41-more-effective-than-traditional-mammograms/
Einstein Residents have 13 Works Accepted at RSNA, ARRSThirteen abstracts, posters, and presentations have been accepted or presented at the annual meetings of the Radiologic Society of North America (RSNA) and the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) in 2014. That’s in addition to numerous other presentations accepted at other local and national meetings and conferences.
Learning Radiology Text Tops Best Seller Lists
Dr. Herring's popular and best-selling textbook is now in its second edition, published by Elsevier/Saunders. The fundamental text added new content and expanded subject matter not touched upon on by the website. The book also links to 50 interactive quizzes and tutorials that reinforce the text’s contents, which are available on StudentConsult.com, Elsevier’s website for students, with purchase of the text.
Radiologist Named Top Doc by Philadelphia magazine
Dr. Copit, a recognized "Top Doc" by Philadelphia magazine, is a fellowship-trained radiologist who dedicates her practice to breast imaging. As Director of Breast Imaging, she combines the latest technologies with a compassionate, caring approach to ensure that her patients receive the best care. Dr. Copit trains other radiologists to perform breast ultrasound and minimally invasive breast biopsies.
All Residents Issued Educational iPads
All of our residents receive full-size iPads for their use while in the program that are pre-loaded with key radiology texts and other education-related applications like audience response software and StatDx. This relieves the resident from purchasing their own copies of radiology texts (unless they wish to) and allows them the full use of all of the iPad’s features at no cost to them.
Data Mining Software Speeds Data Collection on Teaching Cases
The department uses a data mining software application that instantly searches all radiology reports for key words and immediately delivers lists of cases and their images relevant to the production of scholarly works or just finding examples of interesting cases. The application also can simultaneously search our pathology department’s reports to deliver results that have been pathologically proven here. Instead of lengthy chart reviews, searches now take a matter of seconds to complete.
The department utilizes a direct digital mammography system allowing for enterprise-wide transmission of mammographic studies and instant retrieval of historical studies. Installation of digital mammography was accompanied by an extensive physical renovation of our very busy Women’s Center and an expansion of our professional faculty. The conversion of mammography from film to digital media represented the last in the department’s total changeover to digital imaging.
Voice Recognition Technology Speeds Reports to Clinicians
Einstein’s Department of Radiology uses PowerScribe Voice Recognition technology to electronically transcribe reports the instant they are dictated. The system decreases report turnaround time to the clinician, and allows radiology residents to “pre-dictate” preliminary reports pending review of the case and approval of the report by a faculty radiologist.
Filmless and Paperless - Totally PACS
The Department of Radiology implemented a Fuji Medical Systems enterprise-wide Picture Archiving and Storage System (PACS) several years ago, and has been totally filmless and paperless in all modalities across all entities of the Einstein Network for several years. Reading Rooms were redesigned and renovated for the PACS architecture. As part of the PACS project, the Hospital installed a high-speed, fiber-optic network to carry the data. All studies and reports are available via the internet through a password-protected, web-based application.
Web-based Radiology Learning Resource Averages Over Ten Thousand Visitors a Day
Dr. Herring developed and maintains an award-winning, web-based learning resource at http://www.learningradiology.com. LearningRadiology is an educational site aimed at medical students and radiology residents-in-training containing lectures, lecture handouts, Cases of the Week, downloadable images, online quizzes, differential diagnosis lists and study flashcards primarily in the areas of chest, GI, cardiac, and bone radiology. The site contains a special section for medical student education. The site receives over a million visitors every year, who will access over 25 million pages of content this year and sponsors video podcasts, and a mobile version, as well. The video podcasts alone are downloaded over a thousand times each day. LearningRadiology is On Facebook and Twitter with thousands of followers. Feel free to visit the site.
Einstein Residents Accepted into Outstanding Fellowship Programs
Massachusetts General Hospital, Cornell, Stanford University, the University of California at San Diego, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Wake Forest University, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University, Emory University, the University of California at Los Angeles, Jefferson University Hospital, Duke University, and the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York are amongst the latest in a series of outstanding Fellowship programs into which our residents have been accepted. Einstein residents have always obtained premier caliber fellowships. Almost all of our graduating residents, well-above the national average, have chosen to take a post-graduate fellowship over the last 15 years.
Joanne Lee, an Einstein Radiology residency graduate, gives her top three reasons for choosing Einstein Healthcare Network for her resident education.