We are celebrating the difference in positioning, it is still being embraced 10 months after our positioning training! There has been positive feedback from patients, radiologists and surgeons. We had a surgeon, on the day of a surgery, notice something different on our wire loc films that was not on the patient’s films from a different facility due to the high image quality….. and that changed the course of treatment that day! Thank you Mammography Educators!
Margaret Ann Fraley
Roper St. Francis Healthcare
Louise Miller is one of the real gems of the breast imaging world. She is a great teacher, innovator, imager, author, and passionate advocate for women and women’s imaging. She has been generous enough to share her talents with all of us in so many ways over the years. There is no one better at positioning than she, and through her teaching, she has truly elevated the level of mammography throughout this country, and indeed, much of the rest of the world. I am proud and honored to consider her both a trusted colleague and a dear friend.
Michael N. Linver, MD, FACR
I did not think that most of my techs could get any better, but I have seen more depth and less folds from all of the techs! Some of the less experienced techs have had a marked improvement. They are still talking about how great you were. Thanks for engaging them. I really liked your talk and hope that writing a book is on your agenda!
Jennifer Harvey, MD
Head of Division of Breast Imaging
Professor of Radiology
University of Virginia Medical Center
Louise Miller, RTRM, has been a respected colleague of mine for over 25 years. We first met as volunteers for the American Cancer Society (ACS), California Division and taught hundreds of breast health volunteers after the first ACS guidelines were introduced in the early 1980’s. Since then, Louise has volunteered her time to teach mammography quality, positioning and patient relations in over 10 countries to countless, eager technologists.
Louise exemplifies the best as a professional radiology technologist specializing in breast imaging. She is a seasoned care provider, manager, consultant and gifted educator. Her training seminars have empowered and impassioned thousands of mammography technologists, mostly women, around the world. Their unifying goal – to detect early breast cancer. I wholeheartedly recommend Louise, who possesses not only the highest professional standards but also personal traits such as integrity, humor, creativity and endless energy in her quest to save lives from this dreaded disease.
Cathy Coleman, DNP, RN, MSN
University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professionals
San Francisco, California
Last Saturday, I met Louise for the first time during a symposium in Chicago. She came on stage and right away you could tell she was knowledgeable, approachable and funny. She has such a quick wit that everyone in the audience could relate to her immediately. I have never sat through an all day lecture and came away feeling so motivated and educated about breast anatomy, positioning, and breast imaging for the future. I love her vision for breast imaging. Anyone can relate to Louise. She is so down to earth and inviting. I was lucky enough to be chosen to be a teacher trainee with Louise. She was informative, patient and kind. Learning a new technique takes time, patience and practice. Louise was willing to give all three. I have been a mammographer for over 8 years and never felt I quite understood the anatomy or positioning of the breast for optimal diagnostic breast images. Now, after working with Louise, I feel I am giving the best patient care and optimal diagnostic images to the radiologists. At my site in Glenview, Illinois I get patients that come year after year. That made it easy for me to compare my diagnostic images from last year to my new pictures with Louise’s positioning. What a difference! I was shocked how much more breast tissue I was able to obtain. Anyone lucky enough to be trained by Louise and is able to learn her positioning, will no doubt become a better mammographer. I feel blessed and honored to have trained with her and can’t wait to see what she has in mind for the future.
Kim Flood, R.T.(R)(M), Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force
I am very excited about Mammography Educators as a company. I am a manager to a mid-size breast imaging center that serves about 18,000 patients in Illinois. Mammography Educators offers the dynamic and exciting continuing education seminars that my staff of 15 technologists need each year as well as promoting optimization in image quality improvement with the development of standardized positioning guidelines that we all need as women. No other company has developed the tools to teach standardized positioning techniques for Mammography and you have Louise Miller to teach these techniques in an interactive, fun, and positive environment. I have followed her instructional seminars for the past 15-20 years now and can honestly say, I have retained more information from her teaching style than other seminar I have attended personally over my 30 year Mammography career. I look forward to watching this company optimize Mammography standards as we move into the impending health reform changes of the current day. Louise has complemented her instructional lectures with a positioning guidebook that has become a department resource to help raise the standards in my own department. This is an great asset to the department.
Tammie Taeger-Turco BA (R.) (T.)(M.)
Breast Imaging Manager
Alexian Brothers Medical Center
Although breast cancer is widely publicized, many women do not take the disease as seriously as Louise Miller. She is an exceptional and proven leader that has been able to grow and develop skills that work. She is an excellent mentor, as well as a teacher and a friend. She is extremely competent and her dedications to Mammography, along with her communication skills have allowed her to be recognized. She strives for excellence in Mammography and in areas such as anatomy and physiology of the breast tissue. I have found the greatest teachings from Louise are those in positioning and mapping of the breast tissue. Louise knows the importance of imaging the entire breast so that any areas of concern are not missed. Louise reminds me of Sir Philip Sidney who once said, “ Either I find a way, or I will make one.” Mammography and continuous follow-ups, help women in need of breast health care so quality services are identified as a must. I am honored and lucky to have been taught by Louise and I know she finds fulfillment in teaching, not only where she is needed, but where she recognizes the need for her services. She is a true professional in every sense of the word. Always willing to listen, hear, and serve for the betterment of all.
Noraida Burgos BA. RT.R(M)
Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force
I have worked with Louise for over 5 years and it has been an amazing journey to have her come and do teaching and seminars with my staff. We find it invaluable as she brings enormous amounts of information on work flow issues, positioning techniques, applications recommendations, future technology and patient satisfaction tips. Louise has offered to come to our hospital annually to hold an all day conference for all mammography technicians in the State to participate and many of them plan their vacations around this event to be able to attend. We appreciate Louse for her commitment to planning and promoting our conference and we look forward to it every year!
Women’s Health Center Manager
The Queen’s Medical Center
It is my pleasure to validate the teaching style and content of Ms Miller’s innovative approach to mammography positioning. Her methods are proof that improved and enhanced positioning skills lead to increased satisfaction for both the technologist/ radiologist interests, and especially the patient’s benefit. She has a talent for delivering this new approach in a very understandable. The skill can be implemented with your very next patient. No book or tutorial can deliver the expertise like Ms. Miller’s guidance and direction. It is time well spent that reaps rewards for your entire career.
Nancy M. Allison RTR(M)
Avocate Health Care System
30 year+ Mammographer
I have been attending the annual QCC workshop (now Mammography Educators) in Ontario, Canada with Louise for more than 15 years. Each year her passion not only for early detection but for the mammographer’s role in achieving a good mammogram, resounds through the whole course. The humour and personal experience as a mammographer she uses to teach with, keeps her audience attentive and informed. Her tirelessness for getting her message out is an inspiration to all.
All of the girls that have attended Louise’s class have come out of it with a fresh dedication to doing excellent mammography. She is able to motivate these mammo techs to make sure they think about the entire process of the mammogram from looking at the patient holistically, to finishing the complete mammography imaging chain. The rigors of mammography are so intense that having a master like Louise show us where the rocks are will result in the best outcome. So pick up this book (Positioning Guidebook) so your techs can be magically awakened to perform excellent mammography. I wouldn’t have such a successful business if it weren’t for Louise.
Inner Images, Inc
Although our Breast Care Center is comprised of veteran mammographers, all with at least fifteen years of experience, the tips and tricks that Pam was able to teach us were very beneficial. We always strive to provide the best possible care for our patients and this training has given us another tool to help us achieve our goals. I would highly recommend the training and the trainer to other facilities. The trainer, Pam Fulmer, was absolutely outstanding! She made everyone feel at ease and you can tell she truly loves her job. It is always helpful to gain a new perspective on positioning. This training course exceeded our expectations and we cannot say enough good things about it.
Doretha Pridemore RN, BSN
Breast Care Center – King’s Daughters’ Medical Center
I was lucky enough to be in the first mammography class in 1991 in San Diego and have Louise Miller as my teacher. She was, and is, amazing, and she gave me so much wonderful information and had great techniques for getting the best images possible. I am not surprised that she has gone so far in this field, and I can only imagine how many other lives, like mine, where she has made such a huge impact. She gave us the tools to better serve our patients. I am a full-time mammography tech, and I’ve been doing this for 27 years now, so I greatly appreciate having a teacher that is so passionate about advancing our field. Also, I always get good reviews from our radiologists on my images. Thank you, Louise!
The Techs have said great things about Deb and the training she provided. On my end, you were a great pleasure to work with. You made a very stressful situation very easy and I have no doubt that we will be successful with the training we were provided. I am probably going to be looking to do a refresher course yearly as I can see renewed vigor in the Techs and it’s nice to see them confident again as I am sure they were unsure of their skills as this was our first ACR write up.
We all really enjoyed the Breast Imaging Bootcamp and the techs are very excited to start with the new processes. Dawn Derenburger was great and very easy to listen to. Everyone enjoyed her lectures and hands-on demonstration. Even though most of our technologists have over 10-15 years, experience, everyone walked away learning new techniques that they’ll be able to utilize.
Christy Smallwood BS RT ARRT (R)(M)(CT)
Manager of Diagnostic Imaging
Moffitt Cancer Center