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Release Date
August 2012

Expiration Date

September 1, 2015


Ellen B. Mendelson, MD, FACR
Professor of Radiology
Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University
Section Chief of Breast and Women’s Imaging
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Equipment Requirements

PC: Win7/Win8, Pentium processor or faster, at least 2GB RAM, Internet Explorer version 10/11, Mozilla FireFox version 33.0.

MAC: OS version 10.8/10.9, Intel processor, at least 2GB RAM, Safari version 6.2, FireFox 33.0


BI-RADS® for Ultrasound 2012

Recording of a live webinar presented on July 24, 2012

A certified one-hour prerecorded webinar for radiologists, advanced-level radiologic technologists, and other healthcare professionals who diagnose and treat patients
with breast disease

Format: Live 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 register.

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]

Faculty will present an overview of breast ultrasound (US) imaging indications, equipment, and technique and explore the recent updates made to the BI-RADS® - Ultrasound lexicon for standardized communication and reporting. By sharing cases that exemplify the BI-RADS® updates, faculty will provide a succinct review of ultrasound findings.

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

Educational Objectives

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

  • Discuss update to BI-RADS® for ultrasound lexicon
  • Identify appropriate indications for diagnostic breast ultrasound
  • Correlate breast ultrasound with other imaging modalities
  • Identify characteristics of ultrasound abnormalities that are appropriate for short-term follow-up

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.

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.

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

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

There are no fees to participate in this activity.

  • 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.


  • 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, you will be able to print your credit certificate from your online account.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Ellen Mendelson is Professor of Radiology at Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, and Section Chief of Breast and Women’s Imaging and Director of the Fellowship in Breast and Women’s Imaging at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Her medical training, radiology residency, and fellowship were all accomplished at Northwestern.

Dr. Mendelson is active in the American College of Radiology where she is a member of the Breast Commission and chairs the Breast Economics Committee. She chaired the ACR committee that wrote the BI-RADS® (Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System, 2003) for Ultrasound, and currently chairs the committee preparing the second edition of BI-RADS® for Ultrasound, slated for publication in 2012.

Dr. Mendelson’s major research interests are in breast ultrasound diagnosis and adjunctive breast cancer screening with ultrasound. She was a co-investigator of ACRIN 6666, the multicenter study of comparing ultrasound with mammography for breast cancer detection in high risk women with dense breast tissue and site principal investigator for an international multicenter trial of ultrasound shear wave elastography of breast lesions. Dr. Mendelson is currently principal investigator of a study comparing breast lesion detection by physician-performed handheld ultrasound with automated breast ultrasound.

An invited speaker nationally and internationally on breast imaging and imaging-guided interventional procedures, Dr. Mendelson has co-authored with Dr. Helmut Madjar The Practice of Breast Ultrasound published by Thieme, in 2008.

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 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:

Ellen B. Mendelson, MD, FACR has received fees for non-CME services from Quantason, Siemens Medical Systems, SuperSonic Imagine and Toshiba America.

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 x10

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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.