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Ellen B. Mendelson, MD, MA, FACR
Northwestern University
Chicago, IL

Georgia Giakoumis Spear, MD
NorthShore University HealthSystem
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Wendie A. Berg, MD, PhD, FACR
Pittsburgh, PA

Marcela Böhm-Vélez, MD, FACR
Weinstein Imaging Associates
Pittsburgh, PA

Paul J. Chang, MD, MS, FACR
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Stamatia V. Destounis, MD, FACR
Elizabeth Wende Breast Care
Rochester, NY

Stephen A. Feig, MD, FACR
University of California Irvine
Irvine, CA

Sarah M. Friedewald, MD
Northwestern University
Chicago, IL

Maryellen L. Giger, PhD, MS
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Dipti Gupta, MD
Northwestern University
Chicago, IL

Peter J. Hulick, MD, MMSc
NorthShore University HealthSystem
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Marcia C. Javitt, MD, FACR
Rambam Health Care Campus
Haifa, Israel

Ingolf Karst, MD, PhD
Northwestern University
Chicago, IL

Kirti M. Kulkarni, MD
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Laurie R. Margolies, MD, FACR
Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital
New York, NY

Ellen B. Mendelson, MD, MA, FACR
Northwestern University
Chicago, IL

Erin I. Neuschler, MD
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL

Gillian M. Newstead, MD, FACR
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Catherine E. Pesce, MD
NorthShore University HealthSystem
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

David V. Schacht, MD
Northwestern University
Chicago, IL

Dana H. Smetherman, MD, MPH, FACR
Ochsner Health System
New Orleans, LA

William Small, Jr., MD, FACR
Loyola University Medical Center
Chicago, IL

Mariana Solari, MD
Northwestern University
Chicago, IL

Georgia Giakoumis Spear, MD
NorthShore University HealthSystem
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Megan E. Sullivan, MD
NorthShore University HealthSystem
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Janet R. Szabo, MD
Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital
New York, NY

Athina Vourtsi, MD, PhD
Diagnostic Mammography Center
Athens, Greece

Lilian C. Wang, MD
Northwestern University
Chicago, IL

Katharine A. Yao, MD
NorthShore University HealthSystem
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

A comprehensive breast imaging course for breast imaging radiologists, surgeons, oncologists, radiologic technologists, and other physicians and healthcare providers dedicated to breast care.


2019 Chicago
Breast Course

November 1-3, 2019
The Westin River North | Chicago, IL

Program Co-Chairs
Ellen B. Mendelson, MD, FACR

Georgia Giakoumis Spear, MD

~ the conference is full ~

Hotel Discount ENDS 10/10/2019

Format:                             Live Conference | Chicago, IL

Physician Credit:             Up to 26.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

Technologist Credit:        Up to 26.25 ARRT Category A Credits


Featuring the Breast Ultrasound MiniCourse
The 2019 Breast Ultrasound MiniCourse will provide a total of 9.5 lecture hours if all highlighted presentations and workshops are attended. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to participants attending 8 hours or more of the MiniCourse including at least three of the breast ultrasound workshops.

Though patients are becoming aware of the limitations of mammography in women with dense breasts and the potential association between breast density and increased risk for breast cancer, there remains uncertainty about how to screen patients with dense breasts. Advocacy groups have successfully pressured state legislatures to enact laws that require breast density information to be communicated to women following their mammograms, and the federal government has recently followed suit. In many cases, supplemental screening, with ultrasound or MRI, is being considered. Even when reimbursement has been mandated, lack of trained personnel and overloaded patient schedules have created access issues for women seeking supplemental screening, especially with ultrasound.

Despite the excellent imaging capabilities of ultrasound, its broadened use has been inhibited by false-positive rates, management dilemmas, and need for better understanding of ultrasound anatomy as well as image optimization. While automated breast ultrasound technology has provided answers for some practices, its efficient use requires significant acquisition and interpretation experience. Similarly, training in handheld real-time ultrasound performed by physicians and sonographers has focused on correlation with mammographic or MRI findings, explanation of patient complaints or clinical findings, or guidance of interventional procedures rather than screening and detection of unsuspected abnormalities. The goal of this special focus MiniCourse is to equip practitioners with the training needed to begin implementation of whole breast ultrasound within their practices. Both breast physicians and sonographers are encouraged to attend.

Chicago International Breast Course 2019 (CIBC) offers comprehensive lectures and hands-on training using cutting-edge technology with an advanced but practical approach.

Our theme this year is Advancing the Art of Breast Imaging. As always, the three-day Conference will cover breast imaging modalities, including digital breast tomosynthesis, handheld and automated whole breast ultrasound, fast-sequence MRI, and molecular breast imaging. A highlight this year is a new session on the use of AI in breast image interpretation. In addition, course topics will include breast cancer screening and high-risk management controversies, quality and safety, patient engagement, and clinical practice concerns.

Hands-on workshops that focus on performance and interpretation of handheld and automated whole breast ultrasound, elastography, DBT-guided biopsy, and ultrasound-guided intervention will increase attendees’ confidence in embracing these new techniques.

Please join us for one of the most highly sought-after breast imaging meetings that for many years has attracted the best and brightest physicians and other healthcare practitioners. We look forward to welcoming you and your company to the 2019 Chicago International Breast Course.      

Conference Program

Conference Workshops and Breast Ultrasound MiniCourse

The workshops introduced at previous Chicago International Breast Courses will serve as a foundation for CIBC 2019. The Hands-on Handheld Breast Ultrasound workshops will provide more than 5 hours of mentored training and instruction while scanning live models. In addition, workshop participants will have the opportunity to hone their interpretation skills at the workstation and work with faculty on DBT- and ultrasound-guided biopsy systems.

Hands-on Handheld Breast Ultrasound with Live Models
Faculty will work with small groups at several high-end ultrasound systems, demonstrating image optimization and scanning methods for screening and diagnosis, including advanced techniques such as elastography.

Automated Ultrasound Interpretation at the Workstation
Attendees will work individually or in pairs at workstations to develop an efficient approach to interpreting up to 100 screening studies, including a group of diagnostic cases. Participants will become comfortable with workstation tools, appreciate the coronal whole breast overview, identify artifacts, gain confidence in detecting cancers, and recognize benign lesions that need not be recalled.

Digital Breast Tomosynthesis-guided Biopsy
Prone and upright systems for DBT-guided breast biopsy are currently available, making these procedures efficient and accurate. For participants currently using this equipment, as well as those interested in learning about it, this workshop will cover performance basics.

Ultrasound-guided Biopsy
Faculty will review biopsy techniques and offer tips for accurate, efficient, and safe interventional ultrasound-guided procedures. Attendees will work with new devices for biopsy and presurgical localizations.             


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

  • Define screening controversies and address the current state of breast cancer screening
  • Describe multimodality approaches to breast cancer screening and early diagnosis
  • Review the current American College of Radiology’s breast imaging practice parameters
  • Gain confidence and competence in supplemental ultrasound screening using hand held and automated devices
  • Apply risk strategies to management, treatment, and prevention of breast cancer
  • Define principles of artificial intelligence (AI) and applications to breast imaging practices
  • Develop personalized and coordinated breast care to optimize patient outcomes

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, the International Center for Postgraduate Medical Education (ICPME), and NorthShore University HealthSystem. The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 30.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  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 ARRT Category A continuing education credit for radiologic technologists and fulfils the requirement for Structured Education in Mammography and Breast Sonography. This conference meets the requirements of the
American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography® (ARDMS®) Accepted Continuing Education Evaluation Model System (AACEEMS).


The Westin Chicago River North
320 North Dearborn Street
Chicago, Illinois 60654
Phone: (312) 744-1900

Hotel accommodations are available at the Conference rate of $219 per night plus 17.4% tax. This rate is limited based on availability.

Please contact the hotel directly and identify yourself as a participant of CIBC 2019 or you may reserve online by going to: CIBC 2019

The deadline to reserve accommodations at the conference rate is October 10, 2019.


  • Tuition includes a comprehensive downloadable course syllabus, continental breakfast, breaks, and optional participation in Hands-on Workshops.
  • Please register early; a limited number of seats are available.
  • On-site registration is subject to space availability. We cannot guarantee the availability of workshop materials for registrations received after October 1, 2019.
Physicians and Industry 
$995 Early Registration - Before September 15
$1195 After September 15
Active Military*, Retired Physicians, Scientists, VA
$895 Early Registration - Before September 15
$995 After September 15
Residents*, Fellows*, Radiologic Technologists 
$775 Early Registration - Before September 15
$895 After September 15
Daily Rates
No discounts available on Daily Rates     
$695 Friday, November 1
$695 Saturday, November 2
$695 Sunday, November 3

*A letter from your director certifying your status must be received within 7 business days of registration or you will be charged the full fee.
Chicago Radiologic Society members and previous Fellows of Dr. Mendelson save an additional $100 on their registration.

All cancellations must be received in writing or email. Refunds requested by September 1, 2019 will be issued for the amount of tuition paid less a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after September 1, 2019.

ICPME is committed to making this meeting accessible to all individuals. If you require auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact our office at (607) 257-5860 ext.10 at least 14 days prior to the Conference.

For questions regarding this program, please contact ICPME:

Phone: 607-257-5860 x10



We wish to acknowledge and thank the following vendors
for contributing equipment and devices for use in the WORKSHOPS.

BD (formerly Bard) Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. GE Healthcare
Hitachi Healthcare Americas Hologic, Inc. • INRAD • Mammotome
Philips HealthcareSamsung • Siemens


Bracco Diagnostics, Inc.
Platinum Sponsor and Lunch and Learn Host

Delphinus Medical Technologies, Inc.
Platinum Sponsor and Lunch and Learn Host

Hologic, Inc.
Platinum Sponsor and Welcome Reception Host

GE Healthcare

Siemens Healthineers
Platinum Sponsor and Lunch and Learn Host


Hitachi Healthcare Americas


Seno Medical


Chicago Radiological Society
Sponsor of the 2019 CIBC Keynote Lecture presented by Marcia C. Javitt, MD, FACR

Philips Healthcare Qlarity Imaging QView Medical, Inc. Samsung

Bayer BD (formerly Bard) Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. • CMR Molecular Imaging

Densitas • iCAD • Ikonopedia • INRAD Invivo Philips

Koios Medical Mammotome PenRad Technologies Volpara Solutions



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 and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s’ product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.