I recently returned home from Las Vegas where I attended the annual Society of Breast Imaging conference. While I always gain important knowledge about current technology, imaging methods and treatment advances, this year I was surprised to see a new topic discussed. Saturday morning was solely devoted to talks on patient experience and radiologist engagement. The importance of direct communication between the radiologist and the patient was stressed and it has been shown that 90% of patients prefer communication of breast imaging results directly from the radiologist. Surveyed patients have commented on their desire to establish a relationship with their doctor, such that their feelings are acknowledged, their questions are encouraged, and their results are explained. I am pleased to say that at J Gershon Breast Imaging, these wishes are granted! We take the time to meet with every individual, to answer all questions and to discuss imaging results. We aim to take the stress out of annual screening mammography and hope to create a comfortable, reassuring environment. Patients should feel free to call at any time, with any concern and with an understanding that their correspondence will be promptly acknowledged. Lastly, I leave you with a final take home message from the meeting, one that is of utmost importance...Annual screening mammography should begin at age 40, and continue every year thereafter! Give us a call, we look forward to seeing you soon!
Julie S. Gershon, M.D.