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Mammography Positioning Standards in the Digital Era: Is the Status Quo Acceptable?
by Ashley I. Huppe, Kelly L. Overman, Jason B. Gatewood, Jacqueline D. Hill, Louise C. Miller, and Marc F. Inciardi

How to Help Your Technologist – Part 3 Common Problems with the Craniocaudal View- SBI Newsletter
Series by Louise Miller, RTRM, FSBI: Part 3 of 3

Common Problems with the Mediolateral Oblique: How to Help Your Technologist Part 2 – Not Enough Pectoralis and the Sagging Breast – SBI Newsletter
Series by Louise Miller, RTRM, FSBI: Part 2 of 3

Common Problems with the Mediolateral Oblique: How to Help Your Technologist Part 1 – The Inframammary Fold: How to Improve Visualization and Reduce Skin/Fat Folds in the Inframammary Fold – SBI Newsletter
Series by Louise Miller, RTRM, FSBI: Part 1 of 3

CC and MLO Quick Steps and Image Criteria Checklists
Handouts for the Miller Method steps for the CC and MLO along with self-evaluation image checklists

 

Technologists’ Characteristics and Quality of Positioning in Daily Practice in a Canadian Breast Cancer Screening Program 
This study evaluates to what extent technologists’ experience, training, or practice in mammography are associated with screening mammography positioning quality.

Most Commonly Used Additional Views, Part 3: Defining Structures and Clarifying
Presence of Abnormalities

by Dawn Derenburger, RTRM & Robyn Hadley, RTRM

Most Commonly Used Additional Views, Part 2: Minimizing Superimposition and Identifying Location
by Dawn Derenburger, RTRM & Robyn Hadley, RTRM

Most Commonly Used Additional Views, Part 1: Variations of the Craniocaudal View – SBI Newsletter
by Dawn Derenburger, RTRM & Robyn Hadley, RTRM

A Technologist’s Perspective of the FDA Report ‘Poor Positioning Responsible for Most Clinical Image Deficiencies, Failures – SBI Newsletter
by Louise Miller, RTRM, FSBI

Poor Positioning Responsible for Most Clinical Image Deficiencies and Failures – FDA
U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

 

Image Quality & Breast Cancer

Screening Mammography: Clinical Image Quality and the Risk of Interval Breast Cancer 
An important article on the importance of positioning techniques for the detection of invasive breast cancer.

Early Detection and Screening for Breast Cancer by Cathy Coleman, DNP, MSN, PHN, OCN®, CPHQ, CNL: Assistant Professor, University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions, San Francisco, CA.

Antecedents: A Half-Century of Imaging the Breast by Daniel B. Kopans, MD, FACR, FSBI*

Reasonable Expectations Chart for the CC and MLO Source: American Journal of Radiology: 209, December 2017

MQSA/EQUIP

Tips For EQUIP: A Practical Guide for Technologists and Radiologists
by Louise C. Miller, RTRM, FSBI and Christine Puciato, RTRM, BS

Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) – Important Information about the Enhancing Quality Using the Inspection Program (EQUIP) Initiative
U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Contact the MQSA Program
The MQSA Hotline 1-800-838-7715 can answer specific questions regarding MQSA compliance or issues related to your facility’s inspection or individual situation. They are very prompt in returning calls and VERY helpful!

How Mammography Programs Can Prepare for 2017 Regulation
Three new questions added to annual inspections that Radiology administrators should be aware of.

 

Tips and Tricks for Mammographers in Today’s World

How to Properly Measure the PNL
by Louise Miller, RTRM, FSBI

Tips for Scripts
The following are suggested responses as mentioned in our Webinar: Tips and Tricks for Mammographers: 2020 Edition. Communications tips were provided by Elizabeth Green, PhD, who is a licensed clinical psychologist whose specialty, among others, is the development and application of effective and appropriate communication skills.

Patient History: Details, Documentation and Delivery – SBI Newsletter
by Dawn Derenburger, RTRM & Robyn Hadley, RTRM

Portrait of COVID-19 Pandemic: A Technologist’s Perspective – SBI Newsletter
by Robyn Hadley, RTRM

Aiming for Quality: Tips for Achieving Optimal Imaging in a Suboptimal World – SBI Newsletter
by Dawn Derenburger, RTRM & Robyn Hadley, RTRM

Repeats, Rejects and Recalls: How Many is Too Many? – SBI Newsletter 
by Louise Miller, RTRM, FSBI

Technology Changes: Positioning Challenges – SBI Newsletter
by Louise Miller, RTRM, FSBI

What Every Mammography Technologist Would Like Their Radiologist To Know About: The Role of the Technologist – SBI Newsletter 
by Louise Miller, RTRM, FSBI

Advanced Skin Marking in Breast Tomosynthesis and MRI
A self-guided CE Activity approved by the ASRT for 1 Category A continuing education credit, compliments of Beekley Medical.

 

Associated Organizations

American Cancer Society – ACS
Information on cancer, how to stay healthy, find support and treatment, explore research and get involved.

American College of Radiology – ACR
The principal organization of radiologists, radiation oncologists, and clinical medical physicists in the US.

American Society of Breast Disease – ASBD
Advancing multidisciplinary breast care.

American Society of Radiologic Technologists – ASRT
The American Society of Radiologic Technologists is the leading professional association for the medical imaging and radiation therapy community.

MammaCare – Clinical Breast Exam Certification and Breast Self
MammaCare is the product of a National Cancer Institute research program to establish clinical breast exam CBE and BSE standards. They offer training and certification for licensed mammography technologists.

Mammography Education, Inc.
Mammography Education offers a variety of state-of-the-art Continuing Medical Education courses on the diagnosis of benign and malignant breast diseases for breast health professionals.

Mammography Educators
Offers consulting services for breast centers, including technologist positioning training and inspection preparation, in addition to continuing education services and educational products.

The Avon Foundation
The Avon Foundation for Women and the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade.

National Cancer Institute – NCI
Credible, current cancer information from the U.S. National Cancer Institute.

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship – Cancer Advocacy
Resources for breast cancer survivors.

National Consortium of Breast Centers – NCoBC
Offers annual multidisciplinary breast cancer conference and ongoing resources for breast centers.

Susan G. Komen®
Patient and professional resources: research, education and support.