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Etta D Pisano, MD

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Adjunct Professor of Radiology
Department: Radiology

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The American College of Radiology
1818 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Office: 919-370-8460
AB (Philosophy)
Dartmouth College, 1979.
MD (Medicine)
Duke University School of Medicine, 1983.
Post-Graduate Training
Flexible Intern, Pensacola Educational Program, 1983-1984.
Chief Resident, Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, MA Harvard Medical School, 1984-1988.
Fellow in Radiology -Body CT and Ultrasound), Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, MA Harvard Medical School, 1987-1988.
Fellow, Hedwig van Ameringen - Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program , Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 2003-2004.
AUR-Kodak Radiology Management Course, Association of University Radiologists, Montreal, Quebec, 2005-2005.
Fellow, Riley Institute Diversity Leadership Initiative, Furman University Greenville, SC, 2013-2014.
Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners, 1984.
Diagnostic Radiology, American Board of Radiology, 1988.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Together with Ferris Hall, MD, at Beth Israel Hospital, I developed a method to localize breast lesions for surgical biopsy guidance from the aspect of the breast. This work was published in AJR and widely adopted for this purpose nationally thereafter.
Date: 1989

Together with other members of the NCI-funded International Digital Mammography Development Group, I developed a new technology and proved the improved diagnostic accuracy of digital mammography over the previous standard, film mammography. This work was published in the New England Journal of Medicine and led to the widespread adoption of the technology for breast cancer screening.
Date: 1992 - 2005

Together with Barbara McNeil, MD PhD of Harvard Medical School and Laurie Fajardo, MD, I co-led an NCI-funded project, RDOG-5, which demonstrated that Fine Needle Aspiration was unreliable in evaluating nonpalpable breast lesions detected through imaging because in approximately 40% of cases it led to insufficient cytologic samples. Subsequent to the
publication of our paper in Cancer in 1998, this technology became much less frequently utilized for this indication and the other competing technology which we tested, percutaneous large-bore core needle biopsy, was more widely adopted.
1996 - 1999

Selected Publications

Byrne Celia, Ursin Giske, Martin Christopher F, Peck Jennifer D, Cole Elodia B, Zeng Donglin, Kim Eunhee, Yaffe Martin D, Boyd Norman F, Heiss Gerardo, McTiernan Anne, Chlebowski Rowan T, Lane Dorothy S, Manson JoAnn E, Wactawski-Wende Jean, Pisano Etta D: Mammographic Density Change With Estrogen and Progestin Therapy and Breast Cancer Risk. Journal of the National Cancer Institute 109(9), Sep 2017 Notes: doi: 10.1093/jnci/djx001.

Kim E, Herman BA, Newstead GM, Rosen MA, Schnall MD, Pisano ED, Weatherall PT, Morris EA, Lehman CD, Garwood M, Nelson MT, Yee D, Polin SM, Esserman LJ, Gatsonis C, Newitt DC, Partridge S, Hylton NM, Bolan PJ.: Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy of Breast Cancer for Assessing Early Treatment Response: Results from the ACRIN 6657 MRS Trial. J Magn Reson Imaging 46(1): 290-302, July 2017.

Grimm LJ, Ngo J, Pisano ED. : Reply to "Reducing Gender Discrepancies in Academic Radiology". AJR Am J Roentgenol. 207(5): 105, Nov 2016.

Hylton NM, Gatsonis CA, Rosen MA, Lehman CD, Newitt DC, Partridge SC, Bernreuter WK, Pisano ED, Morris EA, Weatherall PT, Polin SM, Newstead GM, Marques HS, Esserman LJ, Schnall MD; : ACRIN 6657 Trial Team and I-SPY 1 TRIAL Investigators.. Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer: Functional Tumor Volume by MR Imaging Predicts Recurrence-free Survival-Results from the ACRIN 6657/CALGB 150007 I-SPY 1 TRIAL. Radiology 279(1): 44-55, Apr 2016.

Berg WA, Bandos AI, Mendelson EB, Lehrer D, Jong RA, Pisano ED. : Ultrasound as the Primary Screening Test for Breast Cancer: Analysis From ACRIN 6666. J Natl Cancer Inst. 108(4), Apr 2016.

Cole Elodia B, Pisano Etta D: Tomosynthesis for breast cancer screening. Clinical Imaging 40(2): 283-7, Mar-Apr 2016.

Kuzmiak CM, Cole EB, Zeng D, Tuttle LA, Steed D, Pisano ED. : Dedicated Three-dimensional Breast Computed Tomography: Lesion Characteristic Perception by Radiologists. J Clin Imaging Sci. 30(6): 14, Mar 2016.

Pisano E. : Digital Compared with Screen-Film Mammography: Measures of Diagnostic Accuracy among Women Screened in the Ontario Breast Screening Program—Evidence that Direct Radiography Is Superior to Computed Radiography for Cancer Detection. Radiology 278(2): 311-2, Feb 2016 Notes: doi:10.1148/radiol.2015152344.

Elodia B. Cole, Amy S. Campbell, Srinivasan Vedantham, Etta D. Pisano, Andrew Karellas.: Clinical Performance of Dedicated Breast Computed Tomography in Comparison to Diagnostic Digital Mammography. RSNA Annual Meeting Nov 2015 Notes: Poster Presentation.

To be a Coauthor: Assessing and Improving the Interpretation of Mammograms. National Cancer Policy Forum. May 2015 Notes: DOI: 10.17226/21805.

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