Jan 17 – 19, 2020 | San Antonio, Texas

Breast Ultrasound CME Course with Tom Stavros – Hot Topics in Advanced Screening and Diagnosis is organized by World Class CME. The symposium is held from Jan 17 – 19, 2020 at The Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, United States of America.

Target Audience:
Radiologists and radiology residents/fellows, breast surgeons, sonographers, radiology technologists and advanced practitioners who seek to learn, in-depth, how to use breast ultrasound in a clinical practice setting for diagnosis, screening and staging of breast disease.

Accreditation:
• 20.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
These credits can be used toward ABR MOC Part 2 requirements

• 6.0 SAMs Credits
These credits can be used toward ABR MOC Part 2 SA-CME requirements

ASRT approved for 21.5 Category A CE Credits for Sonographers and Technologists:
• Friday AM Session – 4.75
• Friday PM Session – 4.25
• Saturday AM Session – 4.75
• Saturday PM Session – 2.5
• Sunday Session – 5.25

Description:
“Welcome to San Antonio and the Hot Topics in Advanced Screening and Diagnosis. This session will emphasize a new classification system on breast cancer and will focus non-mass ultrasound findings, an analysis of causes of false-negative BI-RADS 3 classifications, and new ways of classifying breast nodules that can help objectively assign BI-RADS 4 subcategories and improve ultrasound’s ability to serve as a biomarker. I will lead interactive case readings with an audience response system, and we have time set aside for questions and answers.” – Tom Stavros

Course Objectives:
Upon completion of this conference, the participant will be able to:
• Understand the differences in pre-test probabilities and guidelines for interpretation between diagnostic, supplemental screening, and MRI-directed indications for breast ultrasound and how that affects management and interpretation
• Select the most appropriate ultrasound equipment, machine settings, and scan techniques for better diagnostic evaluations
• Understand the anatomic and histopathologic basis for ultrasound appearances
• Correlate areas of clinical, mammographic, screening ultrasound, or MRI concern with ultrasound, and understand the anatomic and histopathologic basis for ultrasound appearances
• Identify both mass and non-mass sonographic findings that are suspicious for malignancy, how to use them in classifying breast masses and in staging breast cancers
• Understand a new way of classifying ultrasound features that can aid in more objectively using and achieving ACR PPV benchmarks for BI-RADS 4 subcategories and function better as biomarkers than prior methods of classification
• Identify the few truly suspicious complex cystic and solid masses that require biopsy and distinguish them from the myriad of non-simple breast cysts that are definitively benign
• Understand the roles of ultrasound and galactography in diagnosis and guiding biopsy in patients presenting with nipple discharge
• Recognize the range of normal and abnormal appearances for breast implants
• Enhance ultrasound-guided breast biopsy and interventional skills
• Utilize the new classification system of breast malignancies that is based upon site of origin – within ducts, within TDLUs, or within peri-ductal mesenchymal tissues for better correlation with prognosis
• Understand the appropriate role for supplemental bilateral whole breast ultrasound as well as other ancillary imaging modalities in women with negative but dense mammograms
• Improve detection and correct classification of small invasive breast cancers while minimizing false positive
ultrasound examinations
• Learn how to overcome the headwinds in establishing a supplemental whole breast ultrasound program in women with dense breasts
• Learn to distinguish normal from abnormal regional lymph nodes, determine whether abnormal nodes are more likely metastatic or reactive, and how Z0011 might affect current management of nodes
• Become familiar with a new functional imaging platform called Opto-acoustic Imaging
• Understand the benefits of integrating this new technology into breast ultrasound, so that the radiologist can significantly increase specificity when analyzing a mass, and potentially obviate the need for many breast biopsies.

By Rebekah Moan, AuntMinnie.com contributing writer

November 27, 2019 — With proper training and experience, breast ultrasound consistently improves detection of node-negative invasive cancer in women with dense breasts on mammography, according to a literature review in the Journal of Breast Imaging. Similar results have been observed after digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT).

Thirty-five studies that involved breast ultrasound — both compact and automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) — were reviewed by a team led by Dr. Wendie Berg, PhD, of the University of Pittsburgh, and Dr. Athina Vourtsis, PhD, from the Diagnostic Mammography Medical Diagnostic Imaging Unit in Athens, Greece. They found adding ultrasound to mammography results in low interval cancer rates and boosted cancer detection rates.

“I think it is important that there are now published results on over 400,000 screening breast ultrasound examinations and the results have been very consistent,” Berg told AuntMinnie.com. “In women with dense breasts, ultrasound will find another two to three cancers per 1,000 women screened each year.”

Why breast ultrasound?

Dense breast tissue can mask breast cancer on mammography, and furthermore, the denser the breast, the greater the risk of developing breast cancer — a fourfold increased risk, in fact. Dense breasts are so problematic that 38 states as well as Washington, DC, require some form of density information in mammography results letters sent to patients.

In addition, the February 15 federal budget law included a provision that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must update the national Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) to require that breast density is included in mammography reports sent to providers and in results letters sent to patients. The new rule will likely be effective in early 2021.

Considering dense breasts are harder to image on mammography and more likely to conceal breast cancer, what are physicians supposed to do? The answer: Use supplemental ABUS or breast MRI.

Read full article at AuntMinnie.com

Matt O’Connor | October 28, 2019 | Oncology Imaging

Cancer is among the leading diagnoses missed because of a failure or delay in follow-up imaging, but this doesn’t have to be the case.

Authors of a new study found that only 74% of women with breast imaging and reporting data system (BI-RADS) category 3 lesions completed optimal follow-up. The group analyzed factors physicians can key in on to boost these numbers and ensure at-risk women receive the imaging they need, publishing their findings in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

“Because BI-RADS 3 breast lesions have up to 2% likelihood of malignancy, it is imperative that optimal follow-up of BI-RADS 3 test results be addressed to avoid this potential source of diagnostic imaging failure,” Ronilda Lacson, MD, PhD, with Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and colleagues wrote.

And while prior studies, including one published Oct. 10 in JACR, have found that patients with lower incomes, lack of insurance, specific demographics and certain referring provider characteristics all contribute to suboptimal breast imaging follow-up, fewer studies have tackled the issue within the scope of BI-RADS 3 lesions.

Lacson and colleagues analyzed 64,771 individual breast exams, consisting of 2,967 BI-RADS 3 findings for their research. Optimal follow-up was defined as follow-up imaging on the same breast 3 to 9 months from the exam.

Overall, 74% of patients completed optimal follow-up imaging. Patients who did not have insurance coverage, were younger, divorced and Hispanic were all less likely to comply with BI-RADS 3 follow-up recommendations.

For comparison, patients with a history of breast cancer, those who were older, married, insured, Asian and examined at a cancer institute were more likely to complete follow-up.

One of the biggest takeaways, the authors explained, is that these social determinants of health—estimated to account for 20% of premature deaths in the U.S.—should be studied further and addressed.

“Perhaps a care coordination system that incorporates analytics and risk estimation to identify persons at high risk for suboptimal follow-up could reduce follow-up disparities,” the researchers hypothesized. “In addition, more active management of unresolved BI-RADS 3 using electronic audit tools, commonly available in breast imaging practices, could be utilized.”

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Showcases Momentum with Recent Sales and Installations of its Structured Breast Reporting and MQSA Management Tools

DENVER – July 24, 2019 — Ikonopedia showcases its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured breast reporting and MQSA management tools designed to improve reporting efficiency, and optimize facility operations, here, at AHRA 2019, July 21-24, 2019, (Booth #1318).

With momentum building in the marketplace, Ikonopedia has recently initiated and completed installations across a broad range of breast imaging practices, from large radiology groups to mobile mammography providers and private practice physicians. Recent sales and installations include such sites as Valley Imaging Center in Wasilla, Alaska, Maui Medical Group of Wailuku, Hawaii and Marshfield Clinic in Eau, Wisconsin.

Introduced earlier this year, the Combined Reporting package automatically combines results from any combination of Mammography, Breast Ultrasound, Breast MRI, Biopsy, and Post-Biopsy Mammograms to produce a single, coherent clinical report for the referring physician. Used in conjunction with the Closed-Loop Resolution Manager, the system focuses on actionable items and monitors patients to full resolution of all clinical concerns – saving valuable time for the radiologist and staff and maintaining patient safety.

Ikonopedia is an innovative structured breast reporting and MQSA management system designed to dramatically improve reporting efficiency, and optimize facility operations. All findings are saved as discrete data which allows Ikonopedia to prevent errors, maintain BI-RADS-compliant language and automate many time-consuming processes. Ikonopedia makes it possible to eliminate laterality errors, automatically choose exam-appropriate patient letters and pull forward findings from past exams along with many other time-saving features.

To expand access to quality breast health care, Ikonopedia also recently introduced an integrated risk assessment tool – now available in any language. Ikonopedia also provides users with the first-ever web-based version of the Tyrer-Cuzick Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool. Risk data is used to create alerts for the radiologist, populate the clinical section of the report, and automatically update the patient letter. A high-risk patient alert identifies patients with a 20% or greater lifetime risk and information about the score is instantly viewable.

“Ikonopedia was founded on the premise of developing breast imaging reporting tools that enable a new level of quality and productivity. Building on the success of the MQSA management system, the new combined reporting module continues to expand user’s capabilities to report, notify, track, and remind all from one integrated system enhancing patient care and safety,” said Emily Crane, president of Ikonopedia.

About Ikonopedia
Ikonopedia was founded by three expert breast imaging Radiologists: László Tabár, MD is the author of 6 books in 10 languages on mammography and a world renowned educator; A. Thomas Stavros, MD is the author of one of the most popular reference books in the field of breast ultrasound; and Michael J. Vendrell, MD is an expert in breast MRI and CAD design with extensive experience in breast-imaging software. For more information, visit www.ikonopedia.com.

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Visit booth #1318 July 22 – 24 at the annual AHRA meeting in Denver Colorado for a demo and to see our latest features

RICHARDSON, Texas, June 28, 2019 – Ikonopedia announced today an agreement to integrate densitasdensity™ software from Densitas into its structured breast reporting system. As a result of the integration partnership, Ikonopedia customers will have access to breast density results in their breast reporting workflow.

Ikonopedia is an innovative structured breast reporting and MQSA management system designed to dramatically improve reporting efficiency, and optimize facility operations. All findings are saved as discrete data which allows Ikonopedia to prevent errors, maintain BI-RADS-compliant language and automate many time-consuming processes.  Ikonopedia also provides users with the first-ever web-based version of the Tyrer-Cuzick Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool, which includes family history, genetic factors and breast density to inform women about their lifetime risk of developing breast cancer and to help them make decisions about genetic testing and breast cancer screening options. Built on modern technology, Ikonopedia employs a closed-loop follow-up system to make sure that patient findings do not get lost in the shuffle of a busy clinic.

densitasdensity™ delivers fully automated, standardized, and reproducible breast density assessments from standard DICOM clinical use images.  densitasdensity™ results are generated by two distinct algorithms that decouple the breast density assessment into quantitative and qualitative scales in alignment with the ACR BI-RADS 4th and 5th edition density scale guidance.  densitasdensity™ results can be incorporated into breast cancer risk models to provide standardized and reproducible patient-specific risk estimates.

Mo Abdolell, CEO, Densitas Inc stated: “The partnership brings together Densitas’ strength in A.I. and imaging informatics with Ikonopedia’s next-generation breast imaging reporting and tracking system to deliver fully automated and standardized breast density assessment in the reporting workflow. The integration of densitasdensity™ results with Ikonopedia’s reporting and tracking system will provide unique insights that benefit both the radiologist and patient.”

“Ikonopedia is dedicated to improving the quality of breast imaging for all women and enhancing physician efficiency by streamlining and improving the accuracy of reporting. We are excited to partner with Densitas to integrate densitasdensity into the Ikonopedia reporting workflow, making breast density results easily accessible to our customers who have requested more specific density information,” said Emily Crane, CEO of Ikonopedia.

About Densitas

Densitas’ vision is to move the needle in breast cancer screening through precision breast health technologies.  Powered by an A.I. engine the densitasenterprise™ platform supports value-based care through advanced healthcare analytics at the patient, clinic, and system levels. On-demand analytics support risk-based management of patients and enable healthcare administrators to monitor clinical, quality and operational performance indicators.  Densitas solutions are uniquely designed to be fully PACS-centric by operating on the routinely archived standard DICOM images that radiologists review and support at point-of-care and retrospective processing of mammograms. Learn more at www.densitas.health.

About Ikonopedia

Ikonopedia was founded by three expert breast imaging Radiologists: László Tabár, MD is the author of 6 books in 10 languages on mammography and a world renowned educator; A. Thomas Stavros, MD is the author of one of the most popular reference books in the field of breast ultrasound; and Michael J. Vendrell, MD is an expert in breast MRI and CAD design with extensive experience in breast-imaging software. For more information, visit www.ikonopedia.com.

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New introductions include automated, closed loop resolution manager with integrated pathology reporting, and web-based breast cancer risk assessment

June 13, 2019 — Ikonopedia will showcase its suite of structured breast reporting and Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) management tools designed to improve reporting efficiency, and optimize facility operations at two upcoming radiology meetings. The company will be exhibiting at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting, June 26-28 in Aurora, Colo., and the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) annual meeting, July 21-25 in Aurora.

Ikonopedia recently introduced an automated, closed loop resolution manager with integrated pathology reporting capabilities to make sure that patient findings do not get lost in the shuffle of a busy clinic.

To expand access to quality breast healthcare, Ikonopedia also recently introduced an integrated risk assessment tool, now available in any language. The company also provides users with the first-ever web-based version of the Tyrer-Cuzick Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool. Risk data is used to create alerts for the radiologist, populate the clinical section of the report and automatically update the patient letter. A high-risk patient alert identifies patients with a 20 percent or greater lifetime risk and information about the score is instantly viewable.

About Ikonopedia

Ikonopedia was founded by three expert breast imaging Radiologists: László Tabár, MD is the author of 6 books in 10 languages on mammography and a world renowned educator; A. Thomas Stavros, MD is the author of one of the most popular reference books in the field of breast ultrasound; and Michael J. Vendrell, MD is an expert in breast MRI and CAD design with extensive experience in breast-imaging software. For more information, visit www.ikonopedia.com.

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Ikonopedia’s Structured Breast Reporting and Risk Assessment Tools Being Utilized Across the Health System

RICHARDSON, Texas, June 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Ikonopedia announced today the completion of an implementation of its structured breast reporting and risk assessment tools at The Dubin Breast Center of the Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai.

Ikonopedia is an innovative structured breast reporting and MQSA management system designed to dramatically improve reporting efficiency, and optimize facility operations. All findings are saved as discrete data which allows Ikonopedia to prevent errors, maintain BI-RADS-compliant language and automate many time-consuming processes. Ikonopedia also provides users with the first-ever web-based version of the Tyrer-Cuzick Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool, which includes family history, genetic factors and breast density to inform women about their lifetime risk of developing breast cancer and to help them make decisions about genetic testing and breast cancer screening options. Built on modern technology, Ikonopedia employs a closed-loop follow-up system to make sure that patient findings do not get lost in the shuffle of a busy clinic.

“Ikonopedia was founded on the principles of improving the quality of breast imaging for all women. We are proud to work with leaders in the field like Dr Laurie Margolies and the entire breast imaging team at the Dubin Breast Center to deliver robust breast imaging tools that streamline and improve the accuracy of reporting and ensure access to all women, through added capabilities, such as having risk assessment available in many languages,” said Emily Crane, CEO of Ikonopedia.

About Ikonopedia

Ikonopedia was founded by three expert breast imaging Radiologists: László Tabár, MD is the author of 6 books in 10 languages on mammography and a world renowned educator; A. Thomas Stavros, MD is the author of one of the most popular reference books in the field of breast ultrasound; and Michael J. Vendrell, MD is an expert in breast MRI and CAD design with extensive experience in breast-imaging software. For more information, visit www.ikonopedia.com.

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla., April 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Ikonopedia, Inc., pioneers of a patented Cloud-based structured breast reporting system, will introduce its new Automated Combined Reporting package here, at the 2019 SBI/ACR Breast Imaging Symposium, April 4-7, 2019 (Booth #302).

This latest update to Ikonopedia’s next-generation system automatically combines results from multiple breast imaging modalities to produce a single, coherent clinical report for the referring physician. The Combined Reporting package supports any combination of Mammography, Breast Ultrasound, Breast MRI, Biopsy, and Post-Biopsy Mammograms. Used in conjunction with the Closed-Loop Resolution Manager, the system focuses on actionable items and monitors patients to full resolution of all clinical concerns – saving valuable time for the radiologist and staff and maintaining patient safety. Designed to simplify reporting complexity to improve the radiologist experience, the new package includes such features as:

  • Configurable for automatic or manual report combining;
  • Combined report content is completely configurable;
  • Customized automatic recommendations available;
  • Easy one-click switching between combined exams;
  • Reports may be uncombined at any time before signing;
  • Radiologist is alerted when combinable reports are present.

Ikonopedia is an innovative structured breast reporting and MQSA management system designed to dramatically improve reporting efficiency, and optimize facility operations. All findings are saved as discrete data which allows Ikonopedia to prevent errors, maintain BI-RADS-compliant language and automate many time-consuming processes. Ikonopedia makes it possible to eliminate laterality errors, automatically choose exam-appropriate patient letters and pull forward findings from past exams along with many other time-saving features.

“As breast imaging becomes increasingly complex with personalized screening protocols involving multiple modalities, it’s critical to give radiologists the ability to easily generate a clear and accurate combined report. Typically, this has involved a series of steps or clicks, in Ikonopedia, it’s now automatic,” said Emily Crane, president of Ikonopedia. “Discreet capture of structured data helps users maintain an audit trail, enhancing patient care and safety.”

About Ikonopedia

Ikonopedia was founded by three expert breast imaging Radiologists: László Tabár, MD is the author of 6 books in 10 languages on mammography and a world renowned educator; A. Thomas Stavros, MD is the author of one of the most popular reference books in the field of breast ultrasound; and Michael J. Vendrell, MD is an expert in breast MRI and CAD design with extensive experience in breast-imaging software. For more information, visit www.ikonopedia.com.

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Ikonopedia Streamlines Reporting for Screening and Diagnostic Exams Acquired with Automated and Hand Held Ultrasound Systems

LAS VEGAS, Apr 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Ikonopedia will introduce its next-generation breast ultrasound reporting module at the 2018 SBI/ACR Breast Imaging Symposium, April 12-15, 2018. The new and intuitive, BI-RADS® compliant interface is designed to streamline reporting for both screening and diagnostic exams acquired with both Automated Breast Ultrasound and Hand Held Ultrasound. Ikonopedia will demonstrate its complete suite of breast imaging structured reporting tools at SBI. (Booth #231). Read more