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Riverside Radiology and Interventional Associates’ Phillip Shaffer, MD to Present on Breast MR at 2013 RSNA Annual Meeting

Columbus, OH (PRWEB) December 02, 2013

Phillip Shaffer, MD, breast imaging radiologist at Riverside Radiology and Interventional Associates (RRIA) has been invited to present two original abstracts at the 99th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North American (RSNA), December 1-6, 2013 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

Both abstracts focus on breast MR. The first, entitled “Sources of Error in MR Directed Breast Biopsies,” will be presented on Sunday, December 1, and provides an analysis of 374 MR breast biopsies, along with recommendations for successfully performing MR breast biopsies. The second abstract, “Breast Cancer Invisible to Ultrasound,” will be presented on Wednesday, December 4, and focuses on 167 negative second look ultrasounds prior to MR biopsies, how these ultrasound invisible cancers were eventually identified, and the ultrasonographic patterns of benign and malignant groups.

“It is known that there are a large number of breast cancers that breast MR will detect, but are invisible to ultrasound and mammography,” explains Dr. Shaffer. “The question I had was, ‘why is MR so much better?’ I reviewed ultrasounds performed in areas that were abnormal on MR and were found to be cancer. I found that even when the changes in blood flow we see with MR scans were obviously abnormal, these cancers did not distort the normal anatomy enough to be recognized by ultrasound. There remain a number of cancers that can only be seen with breast MR. The changes in blood flow that the MR show are simply a more sensitive way to look for cancers, as opposed to purely looking at anatomy, as ultrasound does. Some of these cancers were quite large, up to 12 centimeters.

“I am proud to be chosen to share this important research with my fellow radiologists from around the world and represent RRIA at the biggest radiology meeting in the world, with over 50,000 attendees on average. I am very fortunate to be associated with RRIA and Riverside Methodist Hospital. We have a history of being the first in Central Ohio to adopt new innovations in breast imaging for our patients, which makes it an exciting place for a radiologist who is interested in innovation to work.”

The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA®) is an international society of radiologists, medical physicists, and other medical professionals with more than 53,000 members from 140 countries across the globe. Through its educational resources, RSNA provides hundreds of thousands of continuing education credits toward physicians' maintenance of certification. The Society also develops and offers informatics-based software solutions in support of a universal electronic health record, sponsors research to advance quantitative imaging biomarkers, and conducts outreach to enhance education in developing nations. Through its Research & Education (R&E) Foundation, RSNA provides millions of dollars in funding to young investigators, helping to build the future of the profession.

Riverside Radiology and Interventional Associates (RRIA) is Ohio’s largest independent radiology group and ranked 17th in the nation by Radiology Business Journal’s “100 Largest Private Radiology Practices.” The practice was formed in 1980 and is currently comprised of more than 70 physicians who have trained at some of the nation’s finest medical centers. RRIA provides services to three of Ohio’s largest health systems, as well as 18 hospitals located throughout the state.

RRIA is a subspecialty radiology practice providing a comprehensive package of imaging and interventional solutions. The philosophy of the group is to work in partnership with health systems, hospitals, and physicians to provide quality-focused, operationally efficient healthcare, while delivering exemplary customer service to referring physicians and patients. For additional details on the scope of services provided by RRIA, visit

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