Earlier.org Supports our Research!

May 23, 2016

Earlier.org announces its 2016 Medical Research Grant Awards, giving support to Dr. Partridge, PI, for her innovative study of "Non-contrast Diffusion-weighted MRI Tailored for Early Detection of Mammographically Occult Breast Cancer in Women with Dense Breasts". Earlier.org focuses on funding research aimed at finding tests for earlier detection of breast cancer, in hopes of reducing or preventing invasive surgery, minimizing treatment, and increasing survival rates.
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Screening MRI in Women With a Personal History of Breast Cancer

January 7, 2016

A new study shows that MR screening is beneficial for women with a personal history of breast cancer.
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Wings of Karen Foundation Supports our Research!

March 28, 2013
At a check presentation ceremony on March 28, local nonprofit Wings of Karen awarded $30,000 to an innovative study led by Dr. Savannah C. Partridge, a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Washington and an active member of the UW Breast Imaging group and the Fred Hutchinson/UW Cancer Consortium. Dr. Partridge’s research focuses on investigating new imaging techniques for detecting breast cancer in pre-menopausal women.
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Breast Cancer Detection Under Age 40: Are Mammograms Or Ultrasounds More Effective?

October 23, 2012

In what's being touted as the largest analysis of breast cancer screening methods for women under the age of 40, researchers at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCAA) and University of Washington put mammography and ultrasounds to the test. What they found: Among women ages 30 to 39 with symptoms of possible breast cancer (including palpable lumps, localized pain and tissue thickening) ultrasound is a superior diagnostic tool with a "far higher" sensitivity for cancer detection than mammography.
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New MRI method reduces breast biopsies by 46 percent

October 1, 2012

Research reported in the journal Radiology on October 1, 2012, provides the first evidence that a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique previously used only in neurological applications can detect benign tumors in 46 percent of nonmalignant breast lesions identified as false positive. Savannah C. Partridge, Ph.D., research associate professor at the University of Washington, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, led the team that examined the use of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) as an addition to dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI) in a small study of 165 women.
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Diffusion-Weighted MRI Reduces Number of Breast Biopsies

December 2012

Diffusion-weighted imaging, which uses water diffusion measurements, performed with MRI for breast cancer screening may reduce the number of preventable breast biopsies, according to a study published online in the journal Radiology. The increasing use of dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI) for breast cancer screening has resulted in a substantial number of false-positive findings. These false positives often resulted in women having to undergo unnecessary breast biopsies. Researchers found that the introduction of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) to DCE-MRI reduces the incidence of false-positives and the procedure does not require any additional contrast or hardware. Further, it only adds a few extra minutes to the exam.
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