About this Program

Mammography continues to be the most effective imaging modality for the early detection of breast cancer. Patient survival is significantly increased by early detection and treatment of malignant breast lesions. The Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) continues to ensure high-quality mammography by all facilities offering this service. Medical physicists play an important role in the oversight of quality assurance programs, machine performance and equipment purchases.

The agenda is comprehensive with our instructors’ expertise in the clinical use, scientific development and manufacturing of digital breast imaging technologies. A strategy for transitioning to the ACR DMQC Manual, understanding MQSA EQUIP, ACR’s role in digital mammography and breast density measurements have been added to this year’s program.

Medical Physicist Continuing Education

Attendance at this webinar helps meet the MQSA continuing education requirement for medical physicists in digital mammography (FFDM, DBT and stereotactic).

A forum on multi-vendor DBT QC procedures will be presented.







Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, the participant should be able to:

  • Review design criteria differences between FDA approved DBT imaging systems.
  • Provide a thorough explanation of the EQUIP program as outlined by the MQSA.
  • Become familiar with the clinical signs of breast cancer and the approach used for diagnosis & treatment.
  • Review QC testing procedures and new system modifications for each FDA-approved DBT system
  • Review stereotactic breast biopsy machine testing procedures.
  • Discuss the benefits and strategies for transitioning to the ACR DMQC manual.

~ AAPM endorses the educational component of this mammography program. ~
It does not, however, endorse any 
product used or referred to in the program.



In-person and live webinar options

Day OneSchedule is subject to change.
7:50 amWelcome and Course Review
8:00 amBreast Density, Breast Ultrasound and MRI Biopsies ... Gizienski
9:00 am

Digital Breast Imaging and Technology ... Thomas

  • Technical Considerations for DBT Imaging and Design
10:30 amBreak
10:40 amExecution of X-Ray-Guided Breast Biopsy Units: Part 1...Hulme 
11:40 amExecution of X-Ray-Guided Breast Biopsy Units: Part 2 ... Hulme
12:40 pmLunch Break
1:10 pmStereotactic Breast Biopsy ... Gizienski
2:10 pmAI Decection on Tomosynthesis ... Gizienski
3:10 pmBreak
3:20 pmACR FFDM QC Manual and Phantom ... Hulme
4:20 pmMotivation and Strategies for Transitioning to the ACR DMQC Manual ... Hulme
5:20 pmAdjourn for the Day
Day Two 
7:45 amOverview of Digital Breast Tomosynthesis ... Thomas
 Digital Mammography and Tomosynthesis QC Programs - FDA Approved DBT Systems
8:15 amSiemens
8:55 amFuji 
9:35 amBreak
9:40 amGE Healthcare (SenoClaire) 
10:20 amGE Healthcare (Pristina) 
11:10 amHologic 
12:00 pmLunch
12:30 pmACR:  What it is, what it isn't, and what it does for you ... Gress
1:30 pmClinical Image Quality:  The "ARRT" of a Good Mammogram ... Weber
2:30 pmVolpara (Breast Density Measurements)
3:00 pmBreak
3:10 pmSoft Copy Display: Image Communication and QC ... Thomas
4:00 pmQuestions and Discussion ... Faculty
4:20 pmAdjourn
 ~ schedule subject to change ~


Who should attend?

Who Will Benefity Most from This Mammography CE Course?
This course is for medical physicists wanting to learn more about the technical aspects of mammography and obtain the continuing education required by MQSA regulations and ACR mammography facility accreditation. In addition to helping fulfill MQSA physicist requirements and accreditation documentation for relevant facilities, this program is also appropriate for:

  • state and federal mammography facility inspectors
  • medical physics assistants
  • medical physics students
  • residents and fellows
  • vendor personnel
  • experienced technologists
  • others interested in the physics of mammography

Program Faculty

Meet your presenter(s)

Jerry A. Thomas

Jerry A. Thomas


Jerry A. Thomas is a diagnostic medical physicist at the Ascension Via Christi Hospital  in Wichita, KS. Jerry holds a Master of Science degree in Radiation Biophysics from the University of Kansas and is board certified in Radiological Physics, Health Physics and Nuclear Medicine. He has more than 30 years’ experience in teaching, clinical service and research in many areas of medical imaging including digital breast tomosynthesis. Jerry also has extensive experience teaching technologists and students on medical imaging topics. MTMI is proud to have Jerry serve as an instructor for this important new diagnostic capability and share his knowledge with you.

Terri-Ann Gizienski

Terri-Ann Gizienski


Dr. Gizienski is the director of breast imaging of Magee Women's Hospital of Cranberry, PA.  Cranberry is located north of the city of Pittsburgh.  She has previously been a speaker on all breast imaging modalities including stereotactic biopsies, ultrasound guided biopsies, MRI biopsies, breast ultrasound, MRI and tomosynthesis.  She has spoken throughout the United States and also other countries such as Italy, Japan and Korea.   Dr. Gizienski received her medical degree from Pennsylvania State University and completed her residency and breast imaging fellowship at the University of Virginia.  She is interested in Automated Breast Ultrasound  for dense breast tissue and extent of disease in newly diagnosed patients, and all types of breast biopsies.

Katie Hulme


Diagnostic Physicist
Diagnostic Radiology
The Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

Dustin Gress

Dustin Gress


Senior Advisor for Medical Physics
American College of Radiology
Reston, VA

Representatives from FDA Approved DBT Vendors


Accredited training programs


This program provides 15.68 hours of continuing education for medical physicists. The program has been approved by CAMPEP for Medical Physics Continuing Education Credit (MPCEC) for qualified medical physicists.


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Cancellation Policy


Refunds, minus a $50 processing fee, will be granted for cancellations received prior to 3 days before the program. Cancellations received within 3 days of the program will receive a credit toward a future MTMI program, minus the $50 processing fee. No refunds will be made after the program starts. MTMI reserves the right to cancel any scheduled program because of low advance registration or other reasons. MTMI’s liability is limited to a refund of any program tuition paid. MTMI recommends that attendees use refundable airline tickets. In case of cancellation of a program for any reason, MTMI is not responsible for travel costs incurred by attendees including non-refundable airline tickets. When offered, WEBINAR ATTENDEES that cannot log in due to unsolvable technical issues beyond their control will be eligible for a full refund.