The future of breast imaging is in the making.
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Q: Are you seeing more young radiologists going into mammography services?
A: At mammography conferences and continuing education courses around the world, I’ve been seeing younger participants than in the past. In fact, I’d say that more than half of the radiologists attending a recent seminar in Brazil were under the age of 40.
This is a great trend for the future of our field!
Historically, breast imaging in general—and mammography in particular—has been viewed as a difficult and unglamorous vocation.
It involved the monotonous task of looking at primarily normal images. It has been characterized by a high rate of recalls and retakes, as well as low reimbursement and higher risk of litigation. Compared to interventional radiology and other specialties, it just didn’t have the “wow” drawing power.
So what is attracting today’s up-and-coming radiologists to this area of specialty?
The multi-modality nature of breast imaging may be part of the answer, with mammography, ultrasound, MRI, and molecular imaging being used in tandem for screening and diagnosis. In addition, advances in digital technology are making this a cutting-edge discipline with appeal for younger medical school graduates.
Beyond just the technology, though, there is the point on which we all can agree: screening mammography saves lives. And saving lives is a strong motivator for anyone in the field of medicine.
If you have an open fellowship in breast imaging, let me know. Together, let’s do all that we can to encourage these future luminaries in the making.
What motivated you to go into the field of breast imaging? Who supported you in your efforts?