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Hospital radiologist receives award

[October 12 2012] - Hospital of Central Connecticut radiologist Jean Weigert, M.D., recently received the Champion of Exposing the Secret Award from Are You Dense, Inc.

The award was presented Aug. 25 at the Are You Dense MusicFest held at Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury. It recognizes Weigert's research of breast ultrasound screenings for women whose mammograms indicate dense breasts.

Her study findings indicate a potentially increased ability to diagnose breast cancers that might not have been seen on screening mammograms alone. The study was prompted by a state law that requires breast density information be included in mammography reports. An article she co-authored about study findings will appear in an upcoming issue of The Breast Journal.

Weigert also led a study on multicenter breast-specific gamma imaging (BSGI), which can distinguish non-cancerous or benign tissue from cancer and locate lesions as small as two to three millimeters. Weigert was a primary author for an article related to this published in American Journal of Radiology. The article discusses BSGI's value as an additional test for patients with inconclusive mammogram or ultrasound results.

Are You Dense, Inc. informs about dense breast tissue as it relates to breast cancer's early detection.