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Hands-on Workshop on Surveying Digital Mammography Units

Two Day Workshop

About This Workshop

Full field digital mammography (FFDM) has proven to improve image quality and reduce radiation dose in the detection of breast cancer. The Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) requires 8 hours of training on all new modalities, such as FFDM, before performing surveys on these units. This workshop provides an opportunity to receive hands-on training for FFDM surveying and quality control procedures on units from several manufacturers.

Educational Objectives

At the completion of this program, participants will be able to:
  • Review the various technologies being used for full field digital mammography.
  • Collect survey data required for FFDM units.
  • Learn the quality assurance procedures approved for various manufacturers units.
  • Analyze survey and QC data for various manufacturers FFDM units.
  • Become familiar with the DICOM Part 14 Gray Scale Display Standard.
  • Perform appropriate QC tests on soft copy display devices.
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Workshop Format
The FFDM workshop will consist of lecture as well as laboratory training. Lectures will review the technology and surveying/QC procedures. There will be 6 laboratory sessions. Attendees will be divided into small groups to rotate through all 6 labs. FFDM machines from Fuji, GE, Hologic and Siemens will be used to demonstrate the set up, collection and analysis of survey and QC data. A syllabus with supporting material for the lectures and labs will be provided to all attendees as well as a CD-ROM with lectures, software, test images, and some QC manuals.
Who Should Attend
This workshop is for medical physicists wanting to learn surveying and quality control procedures on FFDM units and obtain the 8 hours of training required by the FDA. It is also appropriate for medical physics students, residents and fellows, biomedical engineers, state and federal mammography facility inspectors and others.
Workshop Credit
An application has been made to CAMPEP for approval of up to 15 hours of Medical Physics Continuing Education Credit (MPCEC) for qualified medical physicists. A certificate documenting attendance will be provided to all participants.
Jerry Thomas, MS
Via Christi Regional Medical Center

J. Ed Barnes, PhD

Appreciation is expressed to the following companies for their support and participation to make this workshop possible:

Workshop Schedule
Day One
7:30 am Registration
8:00 am Review of Digital Detectors in Mammography
  • Overview of detector technologies
    used in digital mammography
    • detector design
    • expected resolution
  • Future applications of
    digital mammography
9:30 am Informal Discussion and Break
9:45 am Quality Assurance Measurements ...Thomas
  • Detector measurements:
      Direct, Indirect & CR
    • flat field
    • AEC
    • SNR/CNR
    • field uniformity
    • MTF
11:45 am Questions and Answers ... Faculty
12:00 pm Lunch (provided)
12:30 pm Lab Session 1
2:00 pm Informal Discussion and Break
2:15 pm Lab Session 2
3:45 pm Lab Session 3
5:15 pm Discussion
5:30 pm Adjourn for the Day
Day Two
7:00 am Coffee
7:30 am Workstation Performance/QC ...Thomas
  • Monitor design/types
    • flat panel displays
    • remote display management
  • DICOM Part 14 Gray Scale Display Standard
    • meaning/usefulness
    • how it is applied to workstations
  • Techniques to validate DICOM Part 14 Gray Scale Standard
9:00 am Hard Copy Device QC ...Thomas
  • Acceptance testing
  • NEMA tests
10:00 am Informal Discussion and Break
10:15 am Lab Session 4
11:45 am Lunch (provided)
12:15 pm Lab Session 5
1:45 pm Lab Session 6
3:15 pm Wrap up and Evaluations
3:45 pm Adjourn
Workshop Labs

Lab A

Survey/QC Procedures for
GE Essential FFDM unit

Lab B

Survey/QC Procedures for
Hologic Dimensions FFDM unit

Lab C

Survey/QC Procedures for
Siemens Inspiration FFDM unit

Lab D

Survey/QC Procedures for
Fuji Aspire FFDM unit

Lab E

Survey/QC Procedures for
Fuji CR FFDM unit

Lab F

Calibration and QC of
Softcopy Display Monitors
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