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Digital Mammography Advanced Technology and Clinical Application

May 26, 2018 08:00AM to May 26, 2018 04:30PM

Full-Field Digital Mammography (FFDM) has quickly emerged as the preferred choice for dedicated breast imaging technology. When compared to conventional analog (film-screen) systems, it can significantly improve image quality and workflow while reducing absorbed dose to the patient and errors that result in repeats.

This Digital Mammography program will provide a detailed overview of FFDM including a brief developmental history, a review of the technology and associated advanced applications, an in-depth discussion of frequently encountered artifacts, the various quality control procedures that accompany this modality and the steps to achieve accreditation by the CAR.



8:00 Registration

Historical Perspective

•        Need for dedicated breast imaging

•        Important landmarks in mammography

•        Advancing from analog to digital technology


Review of Mammography Instrumentation

•        Brief overview of technical fundamentals


Technical Fundamentals

•        Development and technological timeline

•        Basics of a mammography detector

•        Principles of image formation

•        DICOM Essentials (RIS, Image archiving, PACS, display characteristics)

•        Advantages and disadvantages of digital imaging


Digital Mammography Quality Control (QC)

•        Canadian Association of Radiologists Mammography Accreditation Program (CAR - MAP)

•        QC requirements

•        Tips and Tricks for QC Data Management for Hospitals, IHF's and Off site Radiologists


 Artifacts and Troubleshooting 

•        Common artifacts, their causes and solutions


Advanced Applications 

•        Computer aided detection and diagnosis

•        Dual-energy imaging

•        Breast tomosynthesis

4:30 Final Remarks



Jeff Frimeth, M.Sc., MCCPM, CIIP

Jeff is President and Chief Medical Physicist with JF Medical Physics Inc. JF Medical Physics has an overall mission to develop strong and dynamic collegialities with imaging facilities in order to improve patient outcomes through the safe and effective use of radiation in imaging facilities. Jeff is a Qualified Medical Physicist with specialization in Diagnostic Radiological Physics and has extensive experience performing medical physics evaluations of all types of imaging modalities (i.e. mammography, CT, BMD, general radiography, fluoroscopy/interventional systems, ultrasound, and MR). He has also been asked to consult on issues regarding radiation safety, dose management, and image quality. Jeff has lectured for various OAMRS and OAR courses. He has consulted with the CPSO in updating the Clinical Practice Guidelines for IHF’s in Diagnostic Imaging and MR/CT and also was asked to collaborate with CCO to develop the Lung Cancer CT Screening Pilot Program requirements and recommendations.





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This program has been approved for 6.25 Category "A" credits.  Participants will receive a certificate of attendance verifying credits and attendance.


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