About Our Breast Imaging Research Program

RSNA 2019, Chicago, IL.
RSNA 2019, Chicago, IL
High-quality research is a top priority for BIDMC’s Harvard-affiliated Breast Imaging research program. Our academic group has created a formal research program to expand the scope and reach of the work. Program goals include focusing physicians in their short- and long-term research pursuits, expanding our research staff, and improving the visibility of our research group in local and larger communities through collaboration, social media, and committee participation.

Our primary work has evolved to focus on new technologies, value-based health care, and education. In 2019, we published six scientific papers and six educational reviews on these topics. We presented at multiple national conferences, including one scientific and six educational presentations at RSNA 2019, three scientific, and one educational presentation at ARRS 2019, one scientific presentation at the ACS Quality and Safety Conference, and one scientific presentation at the College of American Pathologists. At RSNA, our group was awarded Magna Cum Laude for two exhibits, one certificate of merit, and one was identified for Radiographics. At ARRS, our group received a Cum Laude Award, and a certificate of merit.

To promote visibility and collaboration within the BIDMC network, we partnered with members of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (VIR), breast pathology, breast surgery, and primary care on projects. We have engaged trainees at multiple levels from first-year through fellowship. We have also partnered with members outside our institution in areas of transgender health, mentorship, and breast imaging fellowship education.

Tejas Mehta, MD, MPH, FACR, Assistant Professor of Radiology, has focused her research on new technology and value-based health care. To promote new technology, Dr. Mehta has begun an industry-funded, prospective trial evaluating Multi-Modal UltraSound Tomography (MUST), for breast cancer screening. She is also co-investigator on a trial evaluating Nonlinear Microscopy as an alternative to pathologic assessment for margin assessment. She supported the introduction of contrast-enhanced mammography (CEM) and Savi Scout Breast localizer to the institution. To promote value-based health care, Dr. Mehta is co-investigator on a study evaluating a risk assessment tool and has spearheaded multiple projects evaluating the timeliness of breast cancer diagnosis to surgery, the value of nurse navigation, and management of benign breast pathology. In 2020, Dr. Mehta was awarded fellowship in the Society of Breast Imaging and was invited to join the Value-Based Health Care Delivery Intensive Seminar at Harvard Business School.

Jordana Phillips, MD, Assistant Professor, Radiology, has focused her work primarily in the area of CEM. She has multiple industry-funded prospective trials studying CEM’s role for breast cancer screening, evaluating its diagnostic performance and the relative cost assessment of the exam compared with other common breast imaging exams. She was recently awarded a Prevent Cancer Foundation grant to study the role of CEM for women with a history of breast cancer. This project includes developing a national registry through the American College of Radiology (ACR) that will track outcomes for patients throughout the country. She was invited to participate in the ACR’s effort to develop a formal lexicon for CEM for the Breast Imaging and Reporting Database System (BI-RADS). She is spearheading multiple retrospective studies evaluating CEM’s performance in the clinical setting to better understand its value and to refine the technical protocol. In 2019, Dr. Phillips was awarded fellowship in the Society of Breast Imaging.

Rashmi Mehta, MD, MBA, Instructor, Radiology and Breast Imaging Fellowship Director, focuses her work primarily in breast imaging education. As the educational coordinator for all medical students, radiology residents, and fellows rotating through breast imaging, Dr. Mehta is formalizing expectations and curricula for each trainee group. Most recently, she published an article outlining recommended strategies for organizing a breast imaging fellowship and is designing a survey to send to all breast imaging fellowships nationwide to better understand current practice patterns. She is working on multiple educational projects with trainees that help teach about breast cancer staging and virtual curricula during COVID-19. Dr. Mehta was accepted to the AUR Faculty Development Program, which she will attend in 2021 due to this year’s COVID restrictions.

Our group also welcomed Linda Du, DO, MPH, in 2020. Dr. Du is a graduate of the AUR’s Academic Leadership Development Program, with research interests in quality improvement, health care disparities, and trainee education.