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Breast Ultrasound
An Introductory/Refresher Course

Wednesday, April 10
12:30 PM–5:00 PM
Course Moderators: Michael P. Berry, MD, FACS, and Daniela A. Ochoa, MD, FACS
Pre-Recorded Lecture Faculty: Michael P. Berry, MD; Michele Carpenter, MD, FACS; Beth B. DuPree, MD, FACS, ABOIM; Richard E. Fine, MD, FACS; Scott Karlan, MD, FACS; Kurt Patton, MD; Shawna C. Willey, MD, FACS
Faculty: Michael P. Berry, MD; Linda K. Han, MD, FACS; Scott R. Karlan, MD, FACS; Daniela A. Ochoa, MD, FACS; Ashlea D. Semmens, MD; Shawna C. Willey, MD, FACS
Workshop Faculty: J. Jaime Alberty-Oller, MD, FACS; L. Raul Arroyo, MD, FACS; Michael P. Berry, MD; Steven Cai, MD, FACS; Michele Carpenter, MD, FACS; Fiona N. Denham, MD, FACS; Beth B. DuPree, MD, FACS, ABOIM; Souzan E. El-Eid, MD, FACS; Michael J. Farrell, MD, FACS; Ronda S. Henry-Tillman, MD, FACS; Christopher J. Jean-Louis, DO, MPH; Nimmi S. Kapoor, MD, FACS; Eric R. Manahan, MD, MBA, FACS; Amanda M. Mendiola, MD, FACS; Toan T. Nguyen, MD, FACS; Daniela A. Ochoa, MD, FACS; Jodi Oostra, MD; Geoffrey D. Osgood, II, MD, FACS; Sharla Gayle Patterson, MD, MBA, FACS; Anne Saladyga, MD, FACS; Walton A. Taylor, MD, FACS

Course Description:

This course is designed primarily for physicians with little or no prior experience in diagnostic or interventional breast ultrasound. The participant will be exposed to the basics in ultrasound physics, scanning techniques, and the interpretation of the characteristics of benign vs malignant focal breast lesions. In addition, through both pre-recorded didactic and hands-on modules, the basics of intervention for diagnosis, core biopsy pathology, and the use of intraoperative ultrasound will be covered. The faculty will share their personal experiences of integrating breast ultrasound into a surgical practice. Though recommended for the novice, this course will function as a thorough review for those individuals already utilizing breast ultrasound and preparing for certification and re-examination.

Course Objectives:

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

  • Demonstrate the basic operation of appropriate breast ultrasound equipment
  • Summarize basic physics and principles for breast ultrasound
  • Understand and demonstrate breast ultrasound scanning techniques
  • Recognize normal and abnormal variation in breast ultrasound examination
  • Demonstrate ultrasound-guided interventional procedures on breast phantoms
  • Understand the implications of core pathology in patient management
  • Explain how to integrate breast ultrasound into a surgical practice
  • Discuss the certification process and how to be successful

CME Credit Information:

The American Society of Breast Surgeons designates this other activity (enduring material activity and live activity) for a maximum of 8.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Self-Assessment Credit:

This other activity also provides 8.25 self-assessment credits towards the American Board of Surgery (ABS) Continuous Certification (CC) Program. Attendees must pass the applicable posttest(s) with a score of 75% or higher to earn self-assessment credit.

Pre-recorded Didactic Agenda:

The following pre-recorded didactics will be available to attendees prior to the course.

Welcome and Introduction
Michael P. Berry, MD
Introduction to Ultrasound Physics and Principles
Scott Karlan, MD, FACS
Indications and Technique for Breast Ultrasound Scanning: Description and Identification of Normal Breast Ultrasound Anatomy
Michael P. Berry, MD
Abnormal Ultrasound Findings: Benign vs Malignant Characteristics of Focal Lesions
Beth B. DuPree, MD, FACS, ABOIM
Indications and Technique for Ultrasound-Guided Intervention: Cyst Aspiration to Vacuum-Assisted Biopsy
Richard E. Fine, MD, FACS
Intraoperative Ultrasound for Localization and Margin Assessment
Shawna C. Willey, MD, FACS
Integrating Breast Ultrasound into a Surgical Practice: From the Economics to Certification (How to Pass the First Time)
Michele Carpenter, MD, FACS
Dilemmas in Image-Guided Pathology: Case Presentations
Scott Karlan, MD, FACS; Kurt Patton, MD

Onsite Workshop Agenda:

Attendees will be separated into 2 groups for the onsite workshop portion of the course.
Please arrive at the room by 12:15 PM.


Group 1

12:30 PM Model Session 1
1:00 PM Model Session 2
1:25 PM Model Session 3
2:00 PM Pathology and Novel Cases
3:20 PM Break
3:35 PM Substations
4:05 PM Biopsy
4:35 PM Takeaways/Final Points/Q&A
5:00 PM Adjorn

Group 2

12:30 PM Pathology and Novel Cases
2:00 PM Model Session 1
2:30 PM Model Session 2
2:55 PM Model Session 3
3:20 PM Break
3:45 PM Biopsy
4:05 PM Substations
4:35 PM Takeaways/Final Points/Q&A
5:00 PM Adjorn