Mammography Educators has partnered with OAR (Ontario Associating of Radiologists) to put on a very special Breast Positioning Event in Toronto, Canada. The in-person attendance has SOLD OUT, but there is fantastic option for US Techs to earn up to 12.5 Category A CE Credits by attending via LIVE Webcast! The introduction of live webcast CME’s has revolutionized the way radiologists and technologists consume continuing medical education courses because you can attend international conferences without even having to leave the comfort of your own home!
So sit back in your pajamas and sign-up today to take advantage of this CE Opportunity!
CLICK HERE for more information and to register.
Six months after my breast cancer diagnosis, and I am cancer free! It seems like the time has zoomed right by since I got the call (or actually a text from my best buddy at the Breast Center) that there was “a suspicious finding on your mammogram.” There were biopsies, MRIs, more mammograms, a zillion doctor’s appointments (driving 120 miles roundtrip for each one and they were NEVER on time!), 16 rounds of chemo, including 4 of the dreaded “Red Devil”, which literally wiped me out! All while working, traveling, going bald, ingesting numerous medications, experiencing fatigue, and so many highs and lows, which included a whole lot of crabbiness, just ask my daughter!
But, I am, at last, cancer free!
No one ever thinks they are going to be the 1 in 8 women that gets breast cancer; I definitely didn’t think it could or would be me. After all, I had spent 30+ years educating and fighting for mammography technologists and their need and desire for consistent and reproducible positioning standards. I would certainly be blessed by some sort of invisible halo that would protect me from such a fate. But no, breast cancer does not play favorites.
I can say that now, I actually feel ‘blessed’ by this odd twist of fate, as it has given me a new perspective on patient care. It has also inspired my resolve to ensure that each and every patient gets the best mammogram possible. I know that each of you, my colleagues and friends, feel the same. So I hope you will join me on my journey, through these blog posts and find some useful and pertinent information that can help us, individually and collectively, reach that goal of excellence.
In July 2017, Louise Miller was appointed Consumer Representative for the National Mammography Quality Assurance Advisory Committee. This is a prestigious role where she will be acting as a patient advocate for women all across the U.S. She will be advising on developing appropriate quality standards and regulations for mammography facilities. Louise was chosen by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in their ongoing effort to recruit qualified experts.
Mammography Educators partners with Volpara Solutions
We are excited to announce our partnership with Volpara Solutions. They, like us, are dedicated to improving the quality of breast imaging. By integrating our videos that showcase patient positioning and compression techniques into their software, together we can significantly improve image quality. We are confident that this partnership will further aid in implementing standardized positioning techniques for technologists worldwide!
We invite you to read the article titled “Picture perfect: Training helps mammography techs improve imaging” featured in the Billings Gazette concerning our Train-the-Trainer program. The techs at the hospital underwent our program, and as the article notes, Dr. Tara Bowman, a breast radiologist at Billings Clinic, says that she’s already seen a measurable difference in mammography results and image quality thanks to the standardized methods the techs have learned from Louise Miller! This is excellent news!
I am traveling to Washington DC next week to make a presentation to the FDA/MQSA oversight committee. I will represent all my fellow mammography technologists in our effort to obtain the support we need to improve positioning and thus provide the best quality mammograms possible for women throughout the USA. My presentation will provide data that shows that technologists need access to training methods that are consistent, reproducible and ergonomically sound. Such training improves image quality by up to 50%.
If you live in the DC area, please come to lend your support! Meeting details are below. If I can travel from Hawaii to DC and back in 3 days to give a 5-minute presentation (yep, that’s my time limit) you can make it too! As the committee only meets every 1-2 year, this is urgent. Since the FDA report came out last April about poor positioning we need to make a stand on the importance of proper positioning training. I replied to the statement in an article published by the SBI newsletter but we obviously need to do more.
Thanks in advance for your support,
Click here for Meeting Details
“A Technologist’s Perspective of the FDA Report ‘Poor Positioning Responsible for Most Clinical Image Deficiencies, Failures’” – SBI Newsletter