Our Experts Are Teaching the Experts!
By William F. Muhr, Jr., M.D., D.A.B.R., CEO of South Jersey Radiology
I believe our staff is South Jersey Radiology’s greatest attribute—from our friendly and efficient scheduling and registration specialists, to our compassionate and highly skilled technologists, to our world-class radiologists whose training and expertise save lives.
This past November, several of our Breast Imaging Specialists answered an invitation from the Radiological Society of North America to present to their radiology colleagues from around the world and many more who were viewing online. Representing SJRA were Catherine Piccoli, M.D., F.A.C.R., Co-Chair of SJRA’s Women’s Breast Imaging Department (graduate of Harvard Medical School); Nikki S. Ariaratnam, M.D., D.A.B.R. (graduate of Brown Medical School); and Anne Hae Mee King, D.O., D.A.B.R. (graduate of UMDNJ).
Dr. Piccoli taught a course on ultrasound-guided breast biopsy. At SJRA, we perform breast biopsies using ultrasound, 2D mammography, 3D mammography (tomosynthesis-guided biopsy), and MRI. Each modality provides us with different information about the breast tissue and we may use one or all to help us make a diagnosis. Dr. Piccoli is internationally known and respected among her colleagues, so it’s no surprise she presented breast biopsy skills to radiologists from around the world.
Dr. Ariaratnam presented a paper on tomosynthesis-guided biopsy to diagnose cancers that cannot be seen using conventional 2D mammograms or ultrasound. Lecturing to a group of 400 radiologists (and more viewing online), Dr. Ariaratnam discussed the results of her analysis of 1,116 breast biopsies. The goal of the analysis was to evaluate the types of cancer and high-risk lesions found with biopsies guided by tomosynthesis (3D mammography).
“Our analysis found that over half of the tomosynthesis-detected abnormalities we biopsied required a surgeon’s attention; also, about one quarter of the biopsies we performed found cancers that would not have been detected without the use of tomosynthesis and tomosynthesis-guided biopsy,” said Dr. Ariaratnam.
An additional benefit of tomosynthesis-guided biopsy, as reported by Dr. Ariaratnam, is a reduction in the time to perform the procedure.
I’m proud SJRA’s expert radiologists are teaching physicians worldwide. It’s one more example of why SJRA is the ONLY American College of Radiology designated Diagnostic Imaging Center of ExcellenceTM (DICOE) in the South Jersey region. We are unwavering in our commitment to deliver the latest in diagnostic imaging technologies, services and patient care. All mammograms are not created equal, and SJRA is the clear leader in the region in Women’s Imaging.
Dr. William F. Muhr is President and CEO of South Jersey Radiology Associates (SJRA) in the greater South New Jersey & Philadelphia area. SJRA offers a full spectrum of state-of-the-art imaging technologies. Dr. Muhr, an expert in Diagnostic Radiology/MRI Body, received his undergraduate degree from Lehigh University and his M.D. from Hahnemann University, completing both his internship and residency at Hahnemann University Hospital.