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Release Date
July 2012

Expiration Date
August 1, 2014



Gary M. Levine, MD
Associate Clinical Professor
Keck School of Medicine of USC
Medical Director of Breast Imaging
Hoag Breast Care Center



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.


Breast MRI Case Review
Interesting Cases and Future Applications

Recording of a live webinar presented on June 27, 2012

A certified prerecorded one-hour program for medical imaging and healthcare professionals including radiologists, interventional radiologists, and other healthcare providers who treat patients with breast disease.

Format:       Archived Webinar
MD Credit:  1.0 AMA PRA Category 1
(Available for physician credit only)
RT Credit:    No ARRT credit available
Fee for Credit Certificate: $0



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Course Overview

In the United States, breast cancer is the most common non-skin cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in women.[1] Early detection and treatment can often mean the difference between life and death.

Based on recent evidence on the efficacy of breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) screening in high-risk patients, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has issued guidelines for the early detection of breast cancer that include MRI.[2] Additionally, MRI is emerging as an important tool in the treatment of breast cancer patients to evaluate the extent of disease, assess tumor response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy, and for preoperative planning.

This series brings to learners the opportunity to view a variety of breast MRI cases as expert faculty share their experience and approach to breast MRI in their practice.

[1] Source for incidence and mortality data: Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program and the National Center for Health Statistics.  Available at
[]2] Saslow D, Boetes C, Burke W, Harms S, Leach MO, Lehman CD, et al. American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Advisory Group. American Cancer Society guidelines for breast screening with MRI as an adjunct to mammography. CA Cancer J Clin. 2007;57:75-89.

Educational Objectives for the Series

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

  • Develop a systematic strategy to interpret breast MR images and improve diagnostic accuracy
  • Use standardized terminology to assess and report breast MRI abnormalities in accordance with ACR BI-RADS® for MRI
  • Evaluate the role of morphology and kinetics when assessing a breast lesion
  • Apply standard methods and strategies for MRI-guided breast biopsy intervention

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 International Center for Postgraduate Medical Education. The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine 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 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

How to Participate

There are no fees to participate in this activity. Each participant will need a computer with internet access.

  • 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.

How to Recieve 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. You will be redirected to the ICPME website.
  • 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 Biography

Gary M. Levine, MD
Associate Clinical Professor
Keck School of Medicine of USC
Medical Director of Breast Imaging
Hoag Breast Care Center

Dr. 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 Associate 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.  

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 has 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:

Gary M. Levine, MD has received fees for consulting and non-CME/CE services from Hologic, Inc.

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  
Laura Excell, ND, NP, MS, MA, LPC, NCC 
Trace Hutchison, PharmD
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.


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

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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.