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Volpara Objective Breast Density Measurement Key to Successful Ultrasound Implementation
Date:6/4/2013

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (PRWEB) June 04, 2013

Optimized workflow enabling women to have ultrasound, or other adjunctive imaging, on the same day as their standard mammograms can play a key role in detecting cancers earlier in women with dense breast tissue, according to users of Volpara volumetric breast density measurement software from Matakina International.

Studies estimate 35-50% of breast cancers are missed by using mammography alone (Boyd, Pisano and Berg), with women with dense breasts disproportionately impacted as cancers are masked by fibroglandular tissue. As a result, nine states have passed laws (Connecticut, Texas, New York, California, Virginia, Hawaii, Maryland, Alabama and Tennessee) mandating that women be notified of their breast density and be offered supplemental imaging. Some 20 other states have legislation pending and the federal Breast Density and Mammography Reporting Act of 2011 is also in progress. However, simply sending letters to women after their mammogram asking them to return for further imaging due to increased density has had limited compliance.

“We purchased the Volpara software to give a more objective and consistent calculation of the breast density because it’s a volumetric measurement. Using Volpara allowed us to tell the woman of her breast density at the end of the mammogram and thus to either have an immediate ultrasound exam or to schedule a return appointment for an ultrasound exam before leaving the center. This has been extremely well received by our patients and we experienced a 10 fold increase in the uptake of ultrasounds when it was offered during the same visit. This ensures that women with dense breasts get the supplemental imaging and quality care they deserve,” said Dennis McDonald, MD., Director Women’s Imaging, Sutter Health Sierra-Sacramento Region, Calif.

“Volpara automatically and objectively assesses breast density within seconds of the last m
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