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Release Date
October 2012

Expiration Date
October 1, 2017


FACULTY



Moderator
Gary Levine, MD

Associate Clinical Professor
Keck School of Medicine of USC
Medical Director, Breast Imaging
Hoag Breast Care Center
Newport Beach, CA





Kara Carlson, MD
Medical Director
Evergreen Breast Health Center
Radia Medical Imaging
Kirkland, WA





Donna Plecha, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiology
Co-Director, UH MacDonald
Women's Hospital Breast Centers
Director of Breast Imaging
Breen Breast Health Pavilion
Cleveland, OH


 

 

Equipment Requirements

PC: Windows XP/Vista/Win7, Pentium processor or faster, at least 1 GB RAM, Internet Explorer version 8 and 9, Mozilla FireFox version 15.

MAC: OS version 10.6/10.7/10/8, Intel processor or faster, at least 1 GB RAM, Safari version 5, FireFox version 15.



4715-106A Digital Breast Tomosynthesis:
A Practical and Clinical Approach One Year Out ARCHIVE
Recording of a live webinar presented on September 6, 2012


A certified one-hour prerecorded webinar for radiologists, radiologic technologists, radiology administrators, and practice managers


Format: Archived Webinar
Credit:  1.0 AMA PRA Category 1

Credit:  1.0 ARRT Category A
Fee for Credit Certificate: $0
 

 

Course Overview
In February 2011, the FDA approved digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) for use in breast imaging. The approval of DBT adds to the already wide range of breast screening and diagnostic imaging options available to physicians.

With FDA approval of DBT, the medical community is faced with evaluating DBT in terms of providing improved care for their patient population and the impact of this new technology on their medical practice. This evaluation process involves consideration of the pros and cons of the technology compared to their current practice, operational concerns, and impact on patient care.

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Evaluate the potential role of DBT for enhancing the screening and diagnosis of breast disease
  • Identify the types of patients who may benefit from digital breast tomosynthesis
  • Consider the operational and educational issues of integration of DBT into the clinical practice

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 through the joint sponsorship of Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and the International Center for Postgraduate Medical Education.The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation
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.

SA-CME: This activity meets the criteria for self-assessment toward the purpose of fulfilling requirements in the American Board of Radiology (ABR) Maintenance of Certification Program.

The European Accreditation Council for CME (EACCME®)
The UEMS-EACCME® has mutual recognition agreements with the American Medical Association (AMA) for live events and e-learning materials. For more information go to http://www.uems.eu/uems-activities/accreditation/eaccme.

Radiologic Technologists and Radiology Administrators
This program has been approved by American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) for 1.0 hour of ARRT Category A CE credit.


How to Participate
There are no fees to participate in this activity. Credit CANNOT be granted for group viewing.

  • To register, click ENROLL NOW, then CONTINUE, CONFIRM ORDER, and ACCESS COURSE NOW.
  • 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.

How to Receive Credit

  • View the entire one-hour session. 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.
  • From the COURSE HOME page, click the buttons for POSTTEST and for 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, click the certificate tab to print a credit certificate.

Faculty Biographies

Moderator
Gary Levine, MD

Associate Clinical Professor
Keck School of Medicine of USC
Medical Director, Breast Imaging
Hoag Breast Care Center
Newport Beach, CA


Dr. Gary Levine received his undergraduate degree from Tufts University and his medical degree from Albany Medical College. After completing his residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of California, Irvine and becoming board certified in diagnostic radiology in 1992, Dr. Levine went on to specialized fellowship training in breast imaging in Sweden under renowned mammographer Dr. Laszlo Tabar.

Dr. Levine is the Director of Breast Imaging at Hoag Breast Care Center in Newport Beach, CA and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Radiology at USC Keck School of Medicine. Presently Dr. Levine serves on the Board of Trustees and is President-Elect of the National Consortium of Breast Centers.  He also serves on the Steering Committee of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Breast Program.

Dr. Levine has lectured nationally and internationally and has authored numerous peer- reviewed journal articles and book chapters and regularly appears in the media as a medical expert in the field of breast cancer. In 2007, he was named one of the top 25 innovators in healthcare by Health IT magazine. Finally, Dr. Levine is a pioneer in the technique of breast tumor cryoablation.


Kara Carlson, MD
Medical Director
Evergreen Breast Health Center
Radia Medical Imaging
Kirkland, WA


Dr. Kara Carlson received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Iowa. She did internal medicine internships at both Good Samaritan Hospital  and Evanston Hospital and a diagnostic radiology residency at Northwestern University. Dr. Carlson completed here mammography/musculoskeletal fellowship at the University of Michigan.

Currently Dr. Carlson serves as medical director of Evergreen Breast Health Center in Kirkland, WA. Her subspecialty is breast imaging.



Donna Plecha, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiology
Co-Director, UH MacDonald
Women's Hospital Breast Centers
Director of Breast Imaging
Breen Breast Health Pavilion
Cleveland, OH


Dr. Donna Plecha received her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University. She completed her residency in radiology and is the Director of Breast Imaging at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Currently she is Director of Breast Imaging at Breen Breast Health Pavilion at Case Hospital.  

Dr. Plecha is a member of the Society of Breast Imaging, American College of Radiology, Radiological Society of North America, and the American Roentgen Ray Society. She is a co-author of several articles and book chapters and has served a principle investigator in two clinical trials on digital breast tomosynthesis and on elastography.

Dr. Plecha’s special interest is in diagnostic radiology.

 

Conflict 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 below have reported the following 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:

 

Kara L. Carlson, MD    Has received consulting fees from Hologic, Inc.
Gary M. Levine, MD    Has received consulting fees and fees for non-CME/CE services from Hologic, Inc.
Donna M. Plecha, MD    Has received consulting fees from Hologic, Inc.

 

The planners and managers below 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
Laura Excell, ND, NP, MS, MA, LPC, NCC
Trace Hutchison, PharmD
Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD
Linda McLean, MS
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 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. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.


Questions
For questions regarding this program, please contact ICPME:
Email: information@icpmed.com
Phone: 607-257-5860 x10



JOINTLY PROVIDED BY

               
 

THIS ACTIVITY IS SUPPORTED BY AN INDEPENDENT EDUCATIONAL GRANT FROM HOLOGIC, INC.


Disclaimer
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.