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Terri-Ann Gizienski, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Director of Breast Imaging
Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC Passavant-Cranberry


Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsy
A Team Approach to Technique
Recording of a live webinar presented on August 11, 2011

A certified one-hour program for radiologists, interventional radiologists, and advanced-level radiologic technologists.

Format: Archived Webinar
Credit:  1.0 AMA PRA Category 1
Credit:  1.0 ARRT Category A+
Fee for Credit Certificate: $0


Click the  ENROLL NOW  icon to the left to view this program ONLINE.

Course Overview

Successful use of ultrasound to guide breast interventional procedures relies on high-quality imaging, expertise in lesion characterization and patient selection, experience in ultrasound-guided techniques for accurate lesion localization and sampling, and effective methods of obtaining tissue for analysis. [1]

This hour-long webinar provides an overview of ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, including approach, technique, and choice of biopsy device, as well as discussion of challenges and pitfalls.

[1] American College of Radiology. ACR Practice Guideline for the Performance of Ultrasound-guided Percutaneous Breast Interventional Procedures. Revised 2009.

Educational Objectives

After viewing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Identify clinical indications for US-guided breast biopsy
  • Select the appropriate US-guided biopsy technique and device
  • Discuss the challenges of performing US-guided biopsy
  • Define the roles of the nonphysician members of the interventional healthcare team

Accreditation & Credit

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) and the International Center for Postgraduate Medical Education (ICPME). PIM is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Radiologic Technologists
This program has been approved by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) for 1.0 hour of ARRT Category A+ continuing education credit.

How to Participate

You will need a computer with Internet access. There are no fees or prerequisite for this program.

  • Click the blue link. Complete the precourse evaluation and click SUBMIT.
  • Once the precourse evaluation is submitted, click on the blue link again to view the course.
  • Click on PLAYBACK. To view the streaming video, you may have to download the WebEx Player or Java.

Please note: The WebEx platform will play on desktop or laptop computers only. It will not play on mobile devices.

To Apply for Credit

The Q&A session at the conclusion of the lecture is NOT required to receive credit.

  • Log-in to your account at
  • View the entire lecture. The question-and-answer period at the end of the lecture is not required to receive credit.
  • At the conclusion of the lecture, close the WebEx Player window. You will be redirected to the ICPME website.
  • From the COURSE HOME page, click the POSTTEST icon to complete the posttest and the EVALUATION icon to complete the evaluation.
  • A passing grade of at least 75% is required to receive credit. You may take the test up to three times.
  • Upon receipt of a passing grade, you will be able to print a certificate of credit from your account on

Faculty Biography

Dr. Gizienski is Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Director of Breast Imaging at UPMC Passavant Cranberry. Dr. Gizienski received her Masters of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. She received her medical degree from The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and went on to complete residency training in radiology and a Mammography Fellowship at the University of Virginia.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) assesses conflict of interest with its instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of CME activities. All relevant conflicts of interest that are identified are thoroughly vetted by PIM for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies utilized in this activity, and patient care recommendations. PIM is committed to providing its learners with high quality CME activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.

The faculty reported the following financial relationship or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

Terri-Ann Gizienski, MD has no conflicts to report.  

The following planners and managers have reported NO financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

Sharon Cancino               
Jan Hixon, RN, BSN, MA       
Trace Hutchison, PharmD       
Julia Kimball, RN, BSN           
Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD       
Victoria Phoenix, BS
Lisa Schleelein, MEd
Patricia Staples, MSN, NP-C, CCRN

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. PIM, ICPME and Hologic, Inc., do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. 

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of PIM, ICPME and Hologic, Inc. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.


Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.


For questions regarding this program, please contact ICPME:
Phone: 607-257-5860 x10

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