Providing experts in the field of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologic Physics with high-quality practical (EQF8) training is what the EUTEMPE team stands for. Unfortunately, COVID-19 is preventing us from doing this in the way we love: welcoming you to our facilities where you interact with our experts and gain practical experience, top level knowledge, skills and competencies. However, our aim of sharing our knowledge to help colleagues in our field grow as medical physicists has not changed!
We just needed to find other ways to do this! Hence, we are very happy to announce a series of EFOMP-EUTEMPE didactic webinars, followed by online masterclasses.
The webinars, which are free of charge, will be in a familiar format, introducing a specific subject by means of a presentation, with room for interaction with the lecturers.
The online masterclass for each topic will follow on a number of weeks after the original webinar. The masterclasses, which have a greater number of educational hours, will provide the opportunity to delve deeper into the subject, gaining a more comprehensive understanding of the topic and helping cement the knowledge gained.
We’re looking forward to seeing you online soon!
Webinar videorecordings will be permanently accessible via EFOMP’s elearning platform
The philosophy of QC protocols
In a patient population undergoing mammography breast size and composition vary considerably, therefore the automatic exposure control (AEC) tunes the exposure to the individual breast which is imaged. To check the correct workings of the AEC and to ensure sufficient image quality at acceptable dose levels, QC tests are performed. In these QC tests phantoms are used to simulate breasts with specific thickness and composition. It is however not doable to perform measurements for all conditions possible. This means that measurements are performed using a small sample of simulated breasts. It is clear that this sample has to be chosen cleverly, so that the correct workings of the mammography system can be assumed for the whole spectrum of different breasts if the sample fulfils all requirements. For a QC protocol this means that a philosophy, an idea behind the sets of measurements is required and that the individual measuring points of a specific test should be chosen carefully. A good QC protocol is more than just a collection of QC tests and measurements. In this webinar we will discuss the philosophy behind QC protocols and tests, the challenges of developing clinically relevant tests, the need for pass/fail criteria, and the role of big data analysis of clinical images in quality assurance.
- Ruben van Engen
- Tuesday 8th, December 2020 12:00 CET
- Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4905166973768450064
Ruben van Engen is currently working as physics consultant at LRCB, the Dutch Expert Centre for Screening. He coordinated the work on the physics chapters of the European Guidelines in mammography, its Supplement, and in EUREF. He is chair of the EFOMP WG to develop a QC protocol for DBT systems, member of the Guidelines Development Group of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, and member of several AAPM task groups. For the Dutch breast cancer screening and tuberculosis screening he is responsible for updating the technical quality control protocols, system optimization and type testing (technical + clinical part). He has extensive experience in measurements on all major brands of mammography and DBT systems. His research interests are in the development of model observers in image quality evaluations, the development of QC tests, the use of AI in QC procedures and is involved in the development of the new universal breast dosimetry model (AAPM/EFOMP TG 282) with accompanying phantoms (AAPM/EFOMP TG 323). He teaches mammography physics to radiographers, radiologists and physicists and is a leader of the EUTEMPE course on mammography physics.