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Latest research and surveys

Research plays an important part in BreastScreen SA’s design and evolution as a gold-standard population-based screening program. The organisation participates and contributes regularly to research projects with the aim of strengthening and improving services for the women of South Australia.

Recent clinical research

Tomosynthesis (3D mammography) – clinical trial use in the BreastScreen SA Assessment Clinic workflow

Rationale: Tomosynthesis is performed on a modified mammography machine and uses a series of low-dose X-ray images of the breast to digitally construct a 3D image. The Assessment Clinic is equipped for both tomosynthesis and conventional two-dimensional (2D) X-ray imaging. The clinical trial focused on the integration of tomosynthesis into the existing Assessment Clinic environment and workflow.

Outcome: The results of the trial found that tomosynthesis integrated well with the assessment process and was highly acceptable by the participating clients. As a result, this mode of imaging has now been incorporated for the assessment of screen-detected lesions, at the discretion of the clinic’s radiologist.

For more information, please see Page 2’s article in the February 2016 edition of Keeping Abreast (PDF 1.6MB)

Get involved

If you are a health professional who would like to engage BreastScreen SA in a research project, please contact BreastScreen SA’s General Manager.

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Recent client surveys

Supporting you and your support person

Sample: clients who attended the BreastScreen SA Flinders Street Assessment Clinic from January to April 2017.

Rationale: BreastScreen SA is seeking feedback from clients on how well they and their support person were emotionally supported during their visit to the Flinders Street Assessment Clinic.

Method: Clients will be approached via mail invitation to take part.

Outcome: pending.

Knowing Your Breast Density

Sample: 100 clients who attended for a breast screen in November and December 2015.

Rationale: BreastScreen SA is investigating if clients would like to be informed about their breast density when they come for screening.

Method: 100 clients were given the opportunity to participate when they attended for screening.

Outcome: pending – the results have been collated and a research paper is to be published in the near future. Thank you to the clients who participated.

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