Mar 15 - Mar 17
Thu - Sat

Stanford Breast in the West: MRI and MRI-Guided Procedure Updates for Radiologists and Technologists

The Westin St. Francis, San Francisco Union Square, San Francisco CA

Ikeda, Daniel, DeMartini, Kuhl, Comstock, Lehman, Hargreaves, Louise Miller

Includes a Saturday one-day course on Mammographic Breast Positioning, MQSA,and EQUIP for Mammography Technologists and Radiologists.

Learning Objectives

a.  Breast MRI and MRI-Guided Procedure Updates

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Apply national standards for Breast MRI indications and the latest information on MRI screening, and adopt a practice to determine when to perform which imaging modality (MRI, DBT, mammography or ultrasound) in order to achieve the best outcomes for patients.
  • Consider MRI safety issues and develop strategies to implement safety measures in practice.
  • Evaluate the advantages and pitfalls of abbreviated breast MRI pulse sequences and determine their implications for workflow in practice.
  • Adopt standard breast MRI, ultrasound and mammography terminology from the updated 2013 BIRADS Atlas
  • Correctly interpret and report breast-imaging findings and correlate them from one study to the next to avoid diagnostic mistakes. 
  • Employ techniques to safely and accurately target and biopsy suspicious breast lesions under MRI, and identify which pathologies to follow with imaging or to remove with surgery.
  • Evaluate the scientific literature on Contrast-Enhanced Mammography (CEM) in order to determine if it is a safe method to use on patients.


b.  Mammography Positioning, MQSA and EQUIP for Mammography Technologists and Radiologists

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Evaluate mammograms for good positioning using 13 criteria.
  • Demonstrate ability to apply appropriate mammographic techniques to ensure the best images to detect breast cancer.
  • Apply MQSA standards for digital breast tomosynthesis accreditation and comply with new MQSA EQUIP standards.


Target Audience

This international program is designed for:

  • Radiologists (MD/DO)
  • MRI Technologists
  • Mammography Technologists


Statement of Need

This CME activity seeks to fulfill the educational needs of radiologists and technologists who manage patients with possible breast cancer undergoing Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) or mammography. The goal of the conference is to address identified clinical challenges, to update practitioners and technologists on the latest advances and best practices in breast MRI and mammography positioning, and to assist practitioners in developing strategies to apply this knowledge to the diagnosis, treatment and/or referral of patients with breast cancer. Lectures with question and answer sessions will afford learners the opportunity to discuss practice dilemmas with expert faculty.

Course Directors

Course Director

Debra M. Ikeda, MD, FACR, FSBI
Professor of Radiology

Course Co-Director

Bruce Daniel, MD
Professor of Radiology

Course Co-Director

Wendy DeMartini, MD, FSBI
Professor of Radiology

A Continuing Medical Education Activity

Presented by the Department of Radiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Sponsored by the Stanford University School of Medicine

Conference Team

Geoffrey M. Riley, M.D.
Clinical Associate Professor of Radiology, Director of Radiology Continuing Medical Education

For conference related questions please contact

Dianna Ziehm
CME Conference Coordinator
(650) 725-8737

For general questions, please send us an email or call us
(650) 497-8554

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