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.
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,