Upon completion of this conference, the participant will be able to:
- Understand the differences in pre-test probabilities and guidelines for interpretation between diagnostic, supplemental screening, and MRI-directed indications for breast ultrasound and how that affects management and interpretation
- Select the most appropriate ultrasound equipment, machine settings, and scan techniques for better diagnostic evaluations
- Understand the anatomic and histopathologic basis for ultrasound appearances
- Correlate areas of clinical, mammographic, screening ultrasound, or MRI concern with ultrasound, and understand the anatomic and histopathologic basis for ultrasound appearances
- Identify both mass and non-mass sonographic findings that are suspicious for malignancy, how to use them in classifying breast masses and in staging breast cancers
- Understand a new way of classifying ultrasound features that can aid in more objectively using and achieving ACR PPV benchmarks for BI-RADS 4 subcategories and function better as biomarkers than prior methods of classification
- Identify the few truly suspicious complex cystic and solid masses that require biopsy and distinguish them from the myriad of non-simple breast cysts that are definitively benign
- Understand the roles of ultrasound and galactography in diagnosis and guiding biopsy in patients presenting with nipple discharge
- Recognize the range of normal and abnormal appearances for breast implants
- Enhance ultrasound-guided breast biopsy and interventional skills
- Utilize the new classification system of breast malignancies that is based upon site of origin – within ducts, within TDLUs, or within peri-ductal mesenchymal tissues for better correlation with prognosis
- Understand the appropriate role for supplemental bilateral whole breast ultrasound as well as other ancillary imaging modalities in women with negative but dense mammograms
- Improve detection and correct classification of small invasive breast cancers while minimizing false positive ultrasound examinations
- Learn how to overcome the headwinds in establishing a supplemental whole breast ultrasound program in women with dense breasts
- Learn to distinguish normal from abnormal regional lymph nodes, determine whether abnormal nodes are more likely metastatic or reactive, and how Z0011 might affect current management of nodes
- Become familiar with a new functional imaging platform called Opto-acoustic Imaging
- Understand the benefits of integrating this new technology into breast ultrasound, so that the radiologist can significantly increase specificity when analyzing a mass, and potentially obviate the need for many breast biopsies
Course Materials and CME Certificate
You will receive a digital syllabus containing lecture abstracts and slides accompanied by a notebook with lecture objectives and notes pages. Your course evaluation and CME certificate will be sent to the email you provided when registering.
Lecture Slides Download
Please look for an email a few days before the course dates for a link where you can download the lecture slides to your tablet or computer or print a syllabus if you wish to have one on hand at the course.
An expanded continental breakfast, as well as break refreshments, will be provided daily in the exhibit hall.
Screening and diagnostic ultrasound equipment, as well as national leaders in medical publishing, will be on site.
Radiologists and radiology residents/fellows, breast surgeons, sonographers, radiology technologists and advanced practitioners who desire to learn, in depth, how to use breast ultrasound in a clinical practice setting for diagnosis, screening and staging of breast disease.