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