A Clinical Review: Benefits of Tomosynthesis in Daily Practice

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Program Summary

Annual mammography screening can save lives because breast cancer is a progressive disease and early detection enables improved prognosis due to appropriate treatment of small nonpalpable node-negative cancers. Multiple randomized controlled trials and observational studies have shown that mammography can reduce breast cancer mortality by 30% or more.

Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) first entered the breast imaging clinical arena when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved DBT in 2011. Multiple studies have shown that DBT is effective in both mammography screening and diagnostic settings. Tomosynthesis has quickly emerged as a practice-changing standard that improves the clinical accuracy of a mammogram by increasing both sensitivity and specificity; thus, reducing the masking effect of overlapping fibroglandular tissue, thereby improving breast cancer detection. The improved accuracy and overall efficiency that DBT provides, will enhance radiologists’ performance and improve the patient experience.

CME Effective Date: December 15, 2019
CME Expiration Date: December 14, 2021

CE Effective Date: January 17, 2020
CE Expiration Date: January 31, 2022

Format: Self Instructional - Audio Visual with Slides
Educational Credits:
One (1) AMA/PRA Category 1 CME Credit™
One (1) ARRT Category A CE Credit.
One (1) AHRA CRA Credit
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour

This program is supported through an unrestricted educational grant from FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc.

Target Audience & Cost

This program is intended for: Radiologists, Other MD's, Radiologic Technologists, Radiology Administrators and related Imaging Professionals.

There is no cost to participate in this program.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this CME activity the healthcare provider should be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of breast screening mammography.
  • Incorporate the differences between, and benefits of 2D and 3D mammography into routine clinical practice.
  • Apply 3D tomosynthesis to improve patient care, particularly in the management of patients with dense breasts.

No special educational preparation is required for this CME/CE Activity!


Dean James Phillips, DO Dean James Phillips, DO
Chairman, Department of Radiology
Samaritan Medical Center
President, Northern Radiology Associates, P.C.
President and Director, Outpatient Imaging Northern Radiology Imaging, PLLC
Watertown, NY

Dean J. Phillips, DO graduated from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1991. He completed his residency at State University of New York at Buffalo and is a board certified Radiologist, a member of Northern Radiology Associates and works in Watertown, NY. He specializes in Diagnostic Radiology and Radiology. Dr. Phillips is affiliated with Carthage Area Hospital and Samaritan Medical Center.

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Phillips, has no personal conflicts of interest to be reported.

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The Institute for Advanced Medical Education (IAME) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Institute for Advanced Medical Education (IAME) designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA/PRA Category 1 CME Credits.™ Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Radiologic Technologists:
This course meets all criteria and has been approved by the AHRA, The Association for Medical Imaging Management for One (1) ARRT Category A CE Credit.

Radiology Administrators:
This course meets all CRA renewal credit criteria and has been approved for one (1) continuing education credit in the following CRA domains: Asset Resource Management (AM) and Operations Management (OM).

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Method of Participation/Criteria for Success

CME Credits
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CE Credits
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Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.