News and Updates

  • March 2015 - Congratulations Dr Mohammad Rawashdeh for being awarded the 2015 Best Poster Presentation at the Cum Laude Level, at the SPIE Medical Imaging conference in Florida, USA, for his paper entitled: "Experience in reading digital images may decrease observer accuracy in mammography" . Congratulations to the other authors: Sarah J. Lewis; Warwick Lee; Claudia R. Mello-Thoms, Warren M. Reed, Mark F. McEntee. Kriscia Tapia, Patrick C. Brennan.
  • February 2015 - Congratulations to Professors Warwick Lee, Patrick Brennan and their team from the University of Sydney and University of California, Santa Barbara, for securing a National Breast Cancer Foundation Innovator Grant for their project entitled, Transforming diagnostic efficacy in Breast Screening using an optimised double reading strategy. This study aims to bring together scientists from Australia and the US, to establish the maximum efficacy obtainable when radiologists are optimally paired; and define individual reading patterns linked to specific error types so optimal pairings are established prospectively. Total funding: $197,200.
  • January 2015 – Happy New Year! 2015 is off to a great start with the Melbourne test set available now in NSW. If you would like more test sets to be available at your BreastScreen service, please contact the BREAST .
  • December 2014 – The BREAST office will be shut over the Christmas and New Year holiday period, from 19 December to 2 January 2015. The office will reopen on Monday, 5 January.
  • November 2014 – Recent graduate and BREAST researcher, Ms Bao Lin Pauline Soh, PhD, from the Faculty of Health Sciences was awarded a SingHealth Publish! Award for Medical Research in November 2014. The SingHealth Publish! Award aims to give accolade to SingHealth researchers based in Singapore who have published quality articles in internationally acclaimed scientific or medical journals.
  • September 2014 – The Melbourne test set launch at the 2014 Combined Scientific Meeting was a success with the brand new test set completed by 72 screen-readers. We also had a number of participants joining the other University of Sydney experiments offered at the BREAST workshop. Many thanks to Sectra for supplying the equipment and for providing on-call technical support during the conference.
  • July 2014 – The BREAST workshops at the Melbourne meeting are now fully booked. Thank you for your interest and support in the BREAST project! If you missed out on a place at the workshop, please visit us in Meeting Room 208 at the Melbourne Convention Centre (4-7 September) to participate in other experiments being run by the collaborators of BREAST.
  • June 2014 – A/Prof Claudia Mello-Thoms presented a paper entitled “Understanding the Role of Correct Lesion Assessment in Radiologists’ Reporting of Breast Cancer”, and Ms Phuong Dung (Yun) Trieu presented a poster entitled “BREAST: A novel strategy to improve the detection of breast cancer”, at the 12th International Workshop on Breast Imaging, from June 29 - July 2, 2014, at Gifu City, Japan.
  • May 2014 –This year in September, BREAST will run 4-day workshops at the RANZCR 2014 Combined Scientific Meeting. We will be launching our latest module, the “Melbourne” test set. Register for the conference and workshop today!
  • April 2014 - The Sydney test set is now available across BreastScreen Aotearoa (New Zealand) with radiologists and registrars recommended to complete the test set by 30 June 2014. The Darwin test set will follow shortly after.
  • March 2014 - Late last year BREAST surveyed Australian clinicians who have had experience with at least one BREAST test set since the start of the programme. The aim was to gauge reader satisfaction and collect their opinions for the continuous improvement of BREAST. Thanks to the 64 doctors who responded and gave us great insight! Please click on the Survey Report on the right for the results.
  • February 2014 - Two BREAST papers have been accepted for presentation at the IWDM2014 - 12th International Workshop on Breast Imaging, at Gifu City, Japan. The papers' lead authors are 1) A/Prof Claudia Mello-Thoms and 2) Ms Phuong Dung Trieu. We will publish details of their papers when it is made available online. The conference dates are June 29 - July 2, 2014. For more information, please visit
  • January 2014 - IN NSW ONLY - The Sydney test set will not be accessible for 12 months from 30 January 2014. It will become available again from 30 January 2015. Reason: The BREAST research team will look at two things: 1) reader performance in a test set over time after a gap period of 12 months and 2) the efficacy of the BREAST program in improving performance. The Sydney test set will be used for this study.
    When the Sydney test set is made available again in 2015 and if you’ve completed the Sydney test set, we may ask for your consent to participate in a research study where you’ll be asked to read the Sydney test set for a second time. If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact the . Only NSW readers are involved at this stage.
  • December 2013 - OFFICE CLOSED: The BREAST office will be closed from 18 December during the University Christmas shut-down period. We will reopen on the 2 January. For urgent matters during this period, please contact the by email.
  • November 2013 - Fantastic news: PhD Candidate, Ms Pauline Soh, will be presenting her paper “Does sensitivity measured from screening test-sets predict clinical performance?” at SPIE Medical Imaging 2014 which will be held 16-20 February 2014 in San Diego, California USA. Visit the SPIE Medical Imaging conference website:
  • October 2013 - The BREAST mini workshops were a success with 25 participants. Many thanks to the Hologic team for their support, and to RANZCR, Outshine and SKYCITY Convention Centre conference management teams for another successful meeting.
  • September 2013 - BREAST will run mini workshops (2 workstations) at the 64th RANZCR Annual Scientific Meeting in Auckland from 17-19 October. The Sydney test set will be offered.
  • August 2013 - Are you a research group interested in working with BREAST and the data we've collected on test set performance of mammography screen readers and radiologists? BREAST is accepting applications for access to the database for research. Please contact the .
    July 2013 – The Darwin workshop results have been released. If you participated at the Darwin workshop but have not received your performance report or completion certificate, please email the .
  • June 2013 – The third BREAST module, the Darwin test set, was launched at workshops during the 9th BIG of RANZCR meeting in Darwin. 80 delegates from Australia, New Zealand and Singapore participated in the 4-day workshops. We thank the following companies for their continued support: The National Breast Cancer Foundation, Sectra, HOLOGIC, Ziltron, RANZCR, Kathy Nightingale and her team at TNI and the Darwin Convention Centre.
  • April 2013 – The New Zealand Ministry Of Health to adopt the Breast Screen Reader Assessment Strategy (Breast). The BREAST team received news that the New Zealand Ministry of Health has approved the implementation of the Breast Screen Reader Assessment Strategy as their national training, assessment and research tool to improve the early detection of breast cancer. Read more about this here
  • April 2013 We welcome Research Assistant, Yun, to the BREAST team, and congratulate her on being awarded the highly competitive Schlumberger Scholarship for Women worth $50k per year! Yun's scholarship will enable to pursue her PhD in the Faculty of Health Sciences next year.
  • On the 23rd of April, Prof Patrick Brennan presented a talk at the 2013 Breast Conference in Sydney which covered the BREAST initiative. It was well-attended and well-received. The meeting was a great opportunity to once again showcase the capabilities and achievements of BREAST, as well us open avenues for discussion with international researchers.
  • March 2013 The Hobart images have been installed in BreastScreen Queensland, thus completing the national roll-out initiated in 2011. Every Australian state and territory now has access to BREAST. Registration of radiologists in Queensland will follow shortly.
  • February 2013 Professor Patrick Brennan presented BREAST: A novel method to improve the diagnostic efficacy of mammography (Brennan PC, Tapia K, Ryan J, Lee W) at the 2013 SPIE Medical Imaging conference in Florida, USA
  • January 2013 This year in June, BREAST will run 4-day workshops at the 9th General Breast Imaging Meeting (BIG RANZCR), in Darwin. Workshop slots are filling up fast so please book early by clicking on this link to the BREAST Workshop website.
  • December 2012 BreastScreen Tasmania, South Australia and ACT are preparing to launch the Sydney test set at their workstations in the new year. If you are a reader in these programs and have not registered for access to BREAST yet, please contact the .
  • November 2012 The Sydney test set is now available at NSW Services! As with the Hobart test set, the Sydney is a collection of 60 cases from the NSW Digital Image Library. You can use your BREAST login to access the set at designated workstations in NSW. Have a chat with the designated radiologist or BREAST Buddy for your Service to find out how.
  • October 2012 BREAST is now available in BreastScreen Victoria at workstations in each of the 8 Services across the state.
  • September 2012 The BREAST team released Quarter 2 performance reports to relevant Programs/Services. 127 radiologists from NSW, ACT, SA, TAS, VIC, WA and QLD have completed the "Hobart" test set to date.
  • September 2012 The 3-day BREAST workshops at the AOCR/RANZCR 2012 meeting in Sydney was a success! 57 radiologists from all over the world participated in the study that launched the "Sydney" test set, and key findings were presented by Prof Patrick Brennan at the meeting. We are grateful to Ziltron, Sectra, and Hologic for their support during the workshops. The Sydney set will be rolled out to all Australian states and territories in the coming months. Watch this space.
  • August 2012 The Sydney test set will be launched at the end of this month at workshops at the AOCR / RANZCR 2012 conference at Darling Harbour. The BREAST sessions are currently at capacity, however there may be an opportunity onsite to attend if a registered attendee drops out last minute. Please forward your contact details (particularly your mobile number) to the AOCR 2012 Congress Managers; if you would like to be included on the waiting list.
  • July 2012 BREAST successfully acquired the National Breast Cancer Foundation Infrastructure Grant 2012. The funding received will enable BREAST to continue implementing and further develop the strategy in Australia and beyond.
  • June 2012 BREAST has been granted Qualified Privilege by the Australian Government under Part VC of the Health Insurance Act 1973 . This provides important safeguards for all radiologists participating in the BREAST test sets and the data generated from these activities. On top of BREAST’s strict reader confidentiality policy, Qualified Privilege offers additional measure of confidentiality for BREAST participants.
  • May 2012 The next test set named the "Sydney" set will be launched at AOCR 2012 where the BREAST team will be holding free workshops on the 31st August, 1st September and 2nd September. Information on how to register for the workshops will follow shortly.
  • April 2012 The BREAST team released the first of the quarterly performance reports to relevant Programs/Services with 71 total readers from NSW, ACT, SA and TAS who have completed the "Hobart" test set to date.
  • March 2012 BREAST is now available in BreastScreen South Australia at 3 workstations in Wayville.
  • January 2012 BREAST is now available in BreastScreen Tasmania at 3 workstations in Hobart and 1 in Launceston.
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