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March 28, 2019

New Study Questions The Value of Supplemental Breast Ultrasound

Led by Dr. Janie Lee,  a research study of women with dense breast tissue found that the benefits to screening ultrasounds were modest while its potential harms were high. Comparing mammography plus ultrasonography with mammography alone, significantly higher rates of recommendation for non-invasive imaging follow up and biopsies were observed, without significantly increased cancer detection rate or…


January 16, 2019

Dr. Christoph Lee named the new JACR® Deputy Editor!

Dr. Christoph Lee has been appointed the new Deputy Editor of JACR! Dr. Lee will assist the Editor-in-Chief, Ruth Carlos, with making final decisions on original research manuscript submissions, overseeing the peer review process, overseeing special projects including an annual theme issue, and acting as Editor-in-Chief when Dr. Carlos is absent. Dr. Lee has been a JACR editorial board…


December 31, 2018

Washington State’s New Breast Density Law

Washington state has a new breast density notification law that goes into effect on January 1, 2019.  Dr. Janie Lee discusses what having dense breast means for you — and why it’s important.  “Having dense breasts does not mean you’re automatically at high risk of getting breast cancer,” she explains. Link to the full article https://rightasrain.uwmedicine.org/well/prevention/breast-density


December 18, 2018

Are Better Clinical Results from Digital Breast Tomosynthesis Worth the Cost?

“Digital breast tomosynthesis is replacing digital mammography as the modality for routine breast cancer screening in the U.S., and its benefits include reduced recall rates and improved cancer detection rates,” said  Dr. Kathryn Lowry of the University of Washington in Seattle in an article by auntminnie.com highlighting her research presentation at the 2018 Radiological Society of…


December 5, 2018

SCCA at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

Dr. Janie Lee was among Breast Program physicians who gave presentations at the 2018 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.  Dr. Lee discussed abstracts on screening, diagnosis, and residual disease detection in a Spotlight Session. SCCA at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium


November 5, 2018

Raising Awareness for Breast Cancer Early Detection

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Janie Lee, UW Associate Professor of Radiology and Director of Breast Imaging at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, discussed breast cancer early detection and treatment, along with Dr. Nanette Robinson, Medical Oncologist at Virginia Mason in an interview hosted by Luciana Bosio of iHeart Radio.


Is automated whole-breast ultrasound a valid supplemental screening modality for all women with dense breasts?

Dr. Janie Lee and Dr. Diana Miglioretti offer their answer to this question.  Dr. Rachel Brem offers another perspective in this point-counterpoint exchange. “At this time, until we can determine which women will clearly benefit from supplemental ultrasound screening, we do not support the use of ultrasound screening — either handheld or ABUS — for all…


October 23, 2018

No time for a mammogram? SCCA’s Mammogram Van will come to you

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance’s mobile Mammogram Van travels across King County, offering mammograms with the same quality of care offered at SCCA’s main clinic in South Lake Union.  Appointments may be scheduled in advance, walk-ins are also welcome. SCCA Blog


September 27, 2018

Seattle/King County Clinic – SCCA Mobile Mammogram Van at KeyArena

The Seattle/King County Clinic brought together healthcare organizations, civic agencies, non-profits, private businesses, and volunteers from across the State of Washington to produce a giant free health clinic in KeyArena at Seattle Center. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Staff, Techs, and Breast Imaging Radiologists provided 239 screening mammograms on the mobile mammography van over the 4-day event. Follow-up care,…


How does adopting DBT impact an imaging provider’s screening volumes?

Adopting digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) at your facility does not lead to a drop in monthly breast cancer screening volumes, according to new research published in the American Journal of Roentgenology. “The present study … shows no evidence of decreased capacity for breast cancer imaging after DBT adoption,” wrote lead author Christoph I. Lee, MD,…


September 21, 2018

Diffusion-weighted MRI Findings Predict Pathologic Response in Neoadjuvant Treatment of Breast Cancer: The ACRIN 6698 Multicenter Trial

Dr. Savannah Partridge’s study titled “Diffusion-weighted MRI Findings Predict Pathologic Response in Neoadjuvant Treatment of Breast Cancer: The ACRIN 6698 Multicenter Trial” was published in the RSNA Radiology Journals and featured on AuntMinnie.com. The study found that change in breast tumor apparent diffusion coefficient on breast MRI performed at the mid-treatment time point (12 weeks)…


August 25, 2018

‘Mammovan’ at Standup for the Cure event

The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance’s ‘Mammovan’ was at the Standup for the Cure event at Lake Sammamish on August 25, offering breast cancer screening during the fundraising event for early breast cancer detection, treatment and education. Dr. Janie Lee and Jovanna McKinney joined Sports Director, Mike Ferreri, and KOMO News anchor, Mary Nam, to talk about…


August 16, 2018

Dr. Savannah Partridge receives a U01 grant from the NIH

Dr. Savannah Partridge, along with collaborators at the University of California, San Francisco, has been awarded a 5-year U01 grant from the NIH National Cancer Institute titled: “Quantitative Imaging for Assessing Breast Cancer Response to Treatment.” The study will develop more rigorous quantitative breast MRI techniques to improve accuracy and reliability for monitoring therapy and…


July 5, 2018

Dr. Janie Lee receives a CCSG- Funded Catchment Area Health Pilot Award

Dr. Janie Lee has received a CCSG- funded Catchment Area Health Pilot Award titled: “Receipt of Screening Mammography and Association with Outcomes in the Cancer Consortium Catchment Area.” The study will create a new research dataset to validate self-report of mammography screening with direct data on utilization, and provide a more comprehensive assessment of breast…


June 21, 2018

Risk of Interval Invasive Second Breast Cancers

In a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Dr. Janie Lee et al. studied 65,084 surveillance mammograms from 18,366 women with a primary breast cancer.  “Risk of interval invasive second breast cancer varies across women and is influenced by characteristics that can be measured at initial diagnosis, treatment, and imaging. Risk prediction models that evaluate the…


May 9, 2018

Dr. John Scheel receives RSNA Education Scholar Grant

Dr. John Scheel has received a 2018 RSNA Education Scholar Grant, for a study titled “Reducing Healthcare System Delays Contributing to Late-stage Breast Cancer Diagnosis in Uganda.” RSNA Education Scholar Grant Information


April 25, 2018

New Breast Density Notification Law in Washington State

Washington state has a new breast density notification law, which requires facilities which perform mammography to notify women if they have dense breast tissue. Dr. Janie Lee discussed this new law with the UW Medicine Newsroom, saying that it’s “important for women to know that having dense breasts does not mean that you are automatically…


Diana Lam selected for AAMC Early Career Women Faculty Leadership Development Seminar

Congratulations to Dr. Diana Lam who has been selected for the Association of American Medical College’s Early Career Women Faculty Leadership Development Seminar! This seminar is highly interactive and provides women at the assistant professor or instructor level with the knowledge and skills required to navigate the academic medicine enterprise as well as continue on the…


April 2, 2018

Underutilization of Supplemental MRI Screening Among Patients at High Breast Cancer Risk

Dr. Christoph Lee and a team of researchers coauthored the study entitled “Underutilization of Supplemental MRI Screening Among Patients at High Breast Cancer Risk,” which was featured in the Journal of Women’s Health.


March 23, 2018

Dr. Sana Parsian Awarded Third Place for the Trainee Prize Scientific Paper

The Association of University Radiologists (AUR) awarded Dr. Sana Parsian third place for the Scientific Trainee Prize for her abstract: “A Checklist Manifesto: Effectiveness of Checklist Use in Hands-on Simulation Examining Competency in Contrast Reaction Management and Conflict Resolution.”


Dr. Habib Rahbar Named Co-Chair of ECOG – ACRIN Radiomics Working Group

The ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group is a multidisciplinary, membership-based scientific organization that designs and conducts biomarker-driven cancer research involving adults who have or are at risk of developing cancer.


March 9, 2018

Dr. John Scheel receives 2018 Global Oncology Pilot Research Award

Dr. John Scheel receives 2018 Global Oncology Pilot Research Award. “Evaluating the Dissemination and Interpretive Performance of the Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) after its Implementation in Uganda” has been selected for a pilot research award from the 2018 Global Oncology Cross-Divisional Collaboration Initiative – which seeks to improve cancer diagnosis in low-and middle-income…


March 1, 2018

Dr. Kathryn P. Lowry Receives Association of University Radiologists GE Radiology Research Academic Fellowship Award

Congratulations to Dr. Kathryn P. Lowry, M.D. who has received the 2018 AUR GE Radiology Research Academic Fellowship (GERRAF) Award.


New Textbook: Rotations in Radiology: Breast Imaging.

Dr. Christoph Lee along with Dr. Constance Lehman and Dr. Lawrence Bassett, have published a new textbook, Rotations in Radiology: Breast Imaging by Oxford University Press.  


February 15, 2018

Lobular Breast Cancer Comes Into the Spotlight

Research collaborations, patient advocates push to explore ‘sneaky,’ understudied breast cancer subtype’s standing as a distinct disease.


December 12, 2017

Dr. Christoph Lee Awarded Association of University Radiologists Imaging Research Policy Grant

The University of Washington Department of Radiology would like to congratulate Dr. Christoph Lee for being awarded the highly competitive AUR Imaging Research Policy Grant. The purpose of the AUR Research and Education Foundation/RAHSR Imaging Policy Research Grant is to promote health services research translationally focused on advancing imaging health policy initiatives. 


December 7, 2017

Dr. John Scheel Inducted as a Fellow of the Society of Breast Imaging

Dr. John Scheel was inducted as a fellow of the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) at the recent SBI Fellows Meeting in Chicago


November 2, 2017

MRI Technique Beats Breast Ultrasound at Supplemental Screening

Diffusion weighted MRI (DWI) may have the potential to be a safer and more cost-effective method for screening for breast cancers.


November 1, 2017

Seattle/King County Clinic – Thousands flock to Seattle Center for Free Health Care Weekend

More than 4,000 patients received care at the SKCC, which began Thursday and ended Sunday at Key Arena. 


October 25, 2017

Breast MRI Performance Study Highlighted

RSNA News recently profiled the work of Dr. Janie M. Lee and colleagues in the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium. 


Sana Parsian, MD Awarded RSNA 2017 Student Travel Award

Congratulations to Sana Parsian, MD (2017-2018 Breast Imaging Acting Instructor/Senior Fellow) for being awarded a Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2017 Student Travel Award for young investigators. 


Allison A. Tillack, MD Awarded RSNA 2017 Student Travel Award

Congratulations to Allison A. Tillack, MD (UW Radiology Resident), mentee of Dr. John R. Scheel, for being awarded a Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2017 Student Travel Award for young investigators. 


October 23, 2017

Tips for Breast Cancer Screening and Early Detection

Fred Hutch reports on nine new tips to encourage early detection of breast cancer.


October 20, 2017

HICOR 2016-2017 Annual Report Features Dr. Janie M. Lee and Dr. Christoph I. Lee

In the 2016-2017 annual report of the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research (HICOR), Dr. Janie M. Lee and Dr. Christoph I. Lee are featured in an article titled “Improving Value in Cancer Imaging.” (Highlighted on page 7)


Latinas Tend to Prefer Fixed-site Over Mobile Mammography—but Many Come Around with Education, Experience

Mobile screening mammography providers planning to serve medically underserved Latino communities may do well to first communicate with each community on perceptions of such services and, where needed, to offer education prior to rolling in. The most common causes of mobile-averse attitudes are concerns over privacy, comfort and quality. (Quotes Dr. John R. Scheel’s findings…


September 29, 2017

The Path to Precision Screening for Cancer

A more tailored approach is on the horizon for early detection of breast and prostate cancer.  We are slowly moving away from one-size-fits-all breast cancer screening toward considering additional risk factors such as breast density.   (quotes Dr. Janie M. Lee and highlights EA1141 Clinical Trial at UW SCCA)


August 30, 2017

Dr. Joann Elmore and Dr. Janie Lee on Why Mammogram Screenings are More Complex Than We Imagined

University of Washington doctors Joann Elmore from the Department of Medicine and Janie M. Lee from the Department of Radiology discuss breast cancer screening with Adam Conover, an investigative comedian and host of truTV’s show Adam Ruins Everything.


August 1, 2017

New Physician Announcement: Welcoming Kathryn (Katy) Lowry, MD

 We are pleased to announce that Dr. Kathryn (Katy) Lowry, MD has joined the UW Dept. of Radiology and Breast Imaging practice at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.


July 10, 2017

Dr. Diana Lam, MD: Diagnostic Radiology Residency Associate Program Director

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Diana Lam has joined the Diagnostic Radiology Residency as Associate Program Director.  With Diana’s dedication to education, detail, and excellence she will be a great addition to the program.  Please join us in congratulating Diana!


July 6, 2017

Radiology Report: Satisfying Various Stakeholders

One of the biggest motivators behind today’s changing health care system is greater patient satisfaction: shorter wait times, increased provider empathy, improved outcomes.  (Quotes Dr. Christoph I. Lee)


Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium Receives $17M to Study Breast Cancer Screening

Drs. Christoph I. Lee and Janie M. Lee are investigators with the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium (BCSC) team.  BCSC, a research collaboration between several universities, has recently received a $17M grant from the National Cancer Institute to study breast screening.  As part of this grant, Dr. Christoph Lee will co-lead a project titled “Breast Cancer…


June 15, 2017

Breast MR Hits Benchmarks in Community Practice

Breast MRI has been shown to perform well as an adjunct to screening mammography in women at high risk for breast cancer. But its efficacy has mostly been evaluated based on trials at academic centers rather than community practices. So how does the modality perform in the real world? (Quotes Dr. Janie M. Lee)


June 8, 2017

Breast MR in Community Practicy Meets ACR Benchmarks

A study of over 13,000 MR breast screening exams determined the modality was meeting performance benchmarks set by the American College of Radiology, but found room for improvement on false-positive results, according to an article published online in Radiology. (quotes study by Dr. Janie M. Lee)


April 21, 2017

Sana Parsian, MD Awarded RSNA 2017 Research Fellow Grant

Congratulations to Sana Parsian, MD (incoming 2017/18 Breast Imaging Acting Instructor/Senior Fellow) for being awarded an RSNA 2017 Research Fellow Grant.


April 1, 2017

UW Dept of Radiology Research Day

The Department of Radiology hosted its annual Research Day Saturday, April 1st welcoming residents, medical and postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and visiting scholars to the SLU Orin Smith Auditorium to highlight their research and engage one another.


January 19, 2017

Dr. John Scheel’s Global Health Work Highlighted in SBI Newsletter

John Scheel, MD, PhD, along with local physicians and government representatives, signs the new national commitment to use the BI-RADS Atlas for reporting at the Uganda Society for Advancement of Radiology and Imaging conference on November 5, 2016.  (Highlighted on cover and page 8) (Quotes Dr. John Scheel)


January 11, 2017

Clearing Up Another Mammogram Muddle

Confused about the latest breast-cancer screening study? Fred Hutch, SCCA experts have answers (Quotes Dr. Habib Rahbar)


January 9, 2017

Christoph I. Lee Receives the Radiology Research Alliance New Investigator Award

Christoph I. Lee, MD, an Associate Professor in the Department of Radiology, University of Washington, is the recipient of the 2017 Radiology Research Alliance (RRA) New Investigator Award which recognizes promising new investigators.  


December 21, 2016

Technology May Bring Radiologists Closer to Patients

Web access to radiology test results predicted to lead to more consultations between radiologists and patients (Quotes Dr. Christoph I. Lee)


November 22, 2016

UW Medicine Resident Linda Chen Receives Member-in-Training Award

Linda Chen, MD, a resident in the UW Radiology program, is the recipient of a 2016 American Association for Women Radiologists (AAWR) Member-in-Training Award.   The AAWR Research and Education Foundation gives two certificates of recognition for professional development to residents or fellows who are both first authors and presenters of abstracts accepted for scientific presentation at…


October 28, 2016

Women Unclear About Breast Density, Breast Cancer Risks

Women are becoming more aware of the term “breast density,” but they aren’t as familiar with its relation to breast cancer risk or mammograms, according to a small U.S. study. (Quotes Dr. Christoph I. Lee)


What’s New in Breast Cancer Research?

Collaborations, combined therapies and machine learning offer promising strategies for boosting early detection, potential cures.   (Quotes Dr. Christoph I. Lee)


October 24, 2016

Mobile Mammogram Van Provides Easy Access to Screenings

Each year, nearly 5000 women in Western Washington will benefit from the SCCA mobile mammogram van, a traveling program providing easy access to screenings.


August 23, 2016

ASCO Connection Features Uganda Breast Cancer Study

A team of researchers from the United States collaborated with the Uganda Women’s Cancer Support Organization (UWOCASO) to create a survey that would give insight into factors influencing breast cancer stage at presentation: self-examination practices, clinical breast examinations in the past year, and preferences for seeking information and education when detecting a palpable lump. The researchers then…


December 21, 2015

Dr. Habib Rahbar awarded the 2015 RSNA Research Scholar Grant

Congratulations to Habib Rahbar, MD (Breast Imaging) on being awarded the 2015 RSNA Research Scholar Grant.  Dr. Rahbar will use this two-year award to investigate improving treatment outcomes of ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast with magnetic resonance imaging.