Middle Age and Mammograms: The Breast Screening Debate

Professor Patrick Brennan, Professor of Diagnostic Radiography, Faculty of Health Sciences

Co-presenter: Associate Professor Warwick Lee, State Radiologist for BreastScreen NSW

Find out what is being done to improve the diagnosis process through investigating novel technologies and techniques, in particular the BreastScreen Reader Assessment Strategy, a national program designed to monitor the performance of radiologists in detecting and diagnosing abnormalities in breast x-rays.

What are the benefits vs harms of breast screening for women in the recommended age range (women aged 50 – 69 years) particularly in relation to issues such as over diagnosis?

Professor Patrick Brennan

Professor Patrick Brennan's research involves exploring novel technologies and techniques that enhance the detection of clinical indicators of disease, whilst minimising risk to the patient. His research has involved most major imaging modalities including X-ray, computerised tomography, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging, with a particular focus on breast and chest imaging. In line with Government priorities, his research findings have translated into improved diagnosis and management of important disease states such as cancer, musculo-skeletal injury, arthritis and multiple sclerosis. He is recognised as a leader in clinical translation of medical imaging optimisation and radiological perception.

Associate Professor Warwick Lee is the State Radiologist for BreastScreen NSW. He is committed to Quality Assurance as it relates to breast imaging in both the diagnostic and screening environment. He is a member of the Breast Imaging Reference Group of the RANZCR, the National Quality Management Committee of BreastScreen Australia and the BreastScreen Australia Accreditation Review Committee. Warwick is a Co-Director of BREAST – the BreastScreen Reader Assessment Strategy, an initiative based on digital screen reading test sets designed to provide self-assessment of performance of screen-reading radiologists and radiology registrars.