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Title: Clinical Implementation of Ultrasound in Breast Imaging
Release Date: April 1, 2011
Expiration Date: March 31, 2014
Estimated time to complete activity: 1 hour
Hardware and Software required: A computer or web access device and a web browser that can display Flash streaming media.
Contact information: Medical Education Resources, Inc. 800-421-3756 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This activity is jointly sponsored by Medical Education Resources and MedimageWorld, LLC.
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Siemens Medical Systems.
This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of radiologists, and other physicians involved in the diagnosis and treatment of breast disease who currently provide breast imaging services but do not provide breast ultrasound or who use ultrasound for limited purposes.
Statement of Need
We perceive the lack of wide availability of ultrasound as an adjunctive technique for detection of breast cancer as a practice gap that results in suboptimal patient care. Ideally, a service already providing mammography or other breast imaging procedures should offer the full range of established diagnostic techniques for cancer detection (mammography, ultrasound, MRI) so that an optimal diagnostic algorithm can be followed for each patient. We believe that reduction of the physician-centered barriers to adoption of low-cost, non-radiation-based ultrasound as an adjunct to mammography will increase the availability of options for breast cancer detection and, hence, the quality of patient care
This lecture provides an overview of the types of breast ultrasound available today and provides representative cases to illustrate the strengths and weaknesses of each type of ultrasound.
The overall goal of the program is to provide the physician with an overview of the technology available for breast ultrasound and the strengths and limitations of each.
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
Describe the current role of ultrasound in breast imaging
Recognize typical pathologies as seen in ultrasound images
List the advantages and disadvantages of ultrasound in breast cancer detection
List the types of ultrasound imaging available today and the role of each in clinical practice
Assess the need for, and feasibility of, adding ultrasound to the participant’s practice
Speaker: Stamatia Destounis, MD
Elizabeth Wende Breast Care, LLC
Clinical Associate Professor of Radiology
University of Rochester, School of Medicine & Dentistry
The lecture is divided into 4 sections, each approximately 15 minutes of streaming video. A detailed list of topics covered in each section is available by clicking here:
Overview of Activity
This is a streaming video lecture that you can experience much as you would if you attended a live conference. However, it offers the substantial advantage that you may access and view the lecture as many times as you wish before starting the post test. References are included on the lecture slides as appropriate.
This online learning activity is designed to provide the viewer with an update on the current state of the art in breast ultrasound.
An unrestricted educational grant was provided by Siemens Medical Systems.
General Disclosure and Copyright
The lecturer in this activity has donated her time, knowledge and expertise by providing this outstanding lecture for delivery on SonoWorld. Lecturers on SonoWorld do not receive an honorarium or payment of any type. We are honored and humbled to have the privilege of bringing this free educational content to the community and wish to express our appreciation to Dr. Destounis and to Siemens Medical Systems for their generous support of this free CME activity.
You may access the lecture on which this learning activity is based in both CME and non-CME mode as many times as you wish. You may only be awarded credit for the activity once, on successful completion of the post test.
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To obtain CME credit for this activity you must log-in or register and then log in to Sonoworld, select the CME activity from the CME directory, view this CME Overview page and then click “continue” to start the CME process, view the streaming video lectures and finally take a post test and complete an evaluation form. Passing score for the post test is 70% and you are limited to three attempts to pass the test. The evaluation is integral to the CME process and must be completed in order to be awarded credit.
No payment is required for CME credits for this activity.
Note that you MUST pass the test and obtain your certificate before the CME Credit expiration date of this activity. After the expiration date we cannot award you a certificate even if you have passed the test but never completed the evaluation form or checked out and received your certificate.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of Medical Education Resources (MER) and MedimageWorld, LLC. MER is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Medical Education Resources designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Radiologic technologists should be aware that the ARRT does NOT accept AMA PRA Category 1 credits.
These credits WERE accepted by the ARDMS as of the time of release of this activity, however the individual learner is responsible for verifying acceptability of these or any other credits awarded for learning activities on SonoWorld.
Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
Medical Education Resources insures balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all our educational programs. In accordance with this policy, MER identifies conflicts of interest with its instructors, content managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of an activity. Conflicts are resolved by MER to ensure that all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in a CME activity conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis. MER is committed to providing its learners with high-quality CME activities that promote improvements or quality in health care and not the business interest of a commercial interest.
The faculty reported the following financial relationships with commercial interests whose products or services may be mentioned in this CME activity:
| Name of Faculty
|| Reported Financial Relationship
| Stamatia Destounis, MD
|| No financial relationships to disclose
The content managers reported the following financial relationships with commercial interests whose products or services may be mentioned in this CME activity:
| Name of Content Manager
|| Reported Financial Relationship
| Barry B. Goldbberg, MD
|| No financial relationships to disclose
| Julie Johnson, PharmD
| No financial relationships to disclose
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Completion of an online evaluation form is a requirement of this activity. The form will be presented to the participant upon completion of the online post-test.
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