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Media Advisory

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June 16, 2004 -- No. 323

International experts in digital mammography
convene to share new research findings

Friday (June 18) through Monday (June 21)
The Millennium Hotel
2800 Campus Walk Ave., Durham

More than 200 scientists worldwide will meet to share their latest findings on digital mammography at the Seventh International Workshop on Digital Mammography. Dr. Etta Pisano, chief of breast imaging at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and co-leader of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Breast Program, is chairing the event.

Media representatives are invited to attend any of the workshop’s sessions and are asked to contact Ann Sherman at (919) 966-4397 or Ann_Sherman@med.unc.edu for schedule information and to reserve a seat at one of the sessions.

Eleven scientific sessions will address a variety of topics including digital breast tomosynthesis, (combining images to create a three-dimensional image of the breast), measurement of breast cancer risk through mammographic density, different imaging systems and computer-aided diagnosis and detection in digital mammography. Participants are international scientists developing and testing digital mammography technology.

The workshop includes several keynote addresses, including talks by: Dr. Dan Kopans of Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Martin Yaffe and Dr. Norman Boyd of the University of Toronto, Dr. Maryellen Giger of the University of Chicago, and Dr. Carl Evertsz of MeVis Center for Medical Diagnostic Systems and Visualization in Bremen, Germany.

Sponsors for the workshop include: Agfa HealthCare, Barco, Faxitron X-ray Corp., Fujifilm, General Electric, Hologic Inc., Sectra and Siemens.

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Note: Contact Pisano at (919) 966-6957 or etpisano@med.unc.edu

School of Medicine contact: Stephanie Crayton, (919) 966-2860