QA testing for CESM – Ms Katherine Schofield, Mammography Physics Team, Health Facilities Scotland

This talk will cover:
• The technical requirements for CESM imaging)
• The current requirements for QA and how CESM fits within these
• Development of testing techniques
– Physics test objects
– User test objects
– Protocols – summary of SBSP methods and where available, methods adopted elsewhere

Katherine Schofield is the lead medical physicist for the Scottish Breast Screening Programme, having worked in mammography for the past 24 years, in Scotland and earlier at the Christie Hospital. Manchester. She is the chair of Scottish Mammography Physics Group and has a keen interest in working collaboratively with colleagues across the UK and more widely to collect quality assurance data and improve practices. In the field of contrast-enhanced spectral mammography, this has involved the development of test objects and testing methodologies.

Towards the model observer – Dr Lynn Martinez, Clinical Scientist, Royal Free

Lynn Martinez trained in medical physics at Kings College Hospital, including an MSc evaluating mammographic film-screen combinations. She worked in robotics at Cambridge University, and microwave packaging at Unilever research, before returning to the NHS as regional mammography physicist for NE Thames, during which time she carried out a PhD in the role of physics in breast cancer screening. Nine years as a radiography lecturer at King’s College London were followed by six years working at the Royal Marsden during which time, she was involved in field testing the digital mammography protocol. She is currently a principal physicist at the Royal Free.

Dose management and practical implications – Mr Matthew Dunn, Head of Radiation Physics, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

This talk will cover:
• Introduction to dose management systems DMS
• Practical implementation of dose management in mammography
• Benefits of dose management systems for mammography
• Future methods for routine quality assurance in mammography

Matthew Dunn is currently the Head of Radiation Physics at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. He is a radiation protection adviser to a range of NHS and independent healthcare providers and a medical physics expert in diagnostic radiology. He has research interests in the physics and clinical application of computed tomography and patient dose management.

Breast imaging dosimetry:Present and future – Dr Ioannis Sechopoulos, Associate Professor, Radboud University Medical Centre, LRCB, Dutch Expert Centre for Screening

Dr Ioannis Sechopoulos is the chair of the AXTI (Advanced X-ray Tomographic Imaging) lab within the Department of Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Anatomy of Radboud University Medical Center, and scientific advisor of the Dutch Expert Center for Screening (LRCB). He obtained his Ph.D. performing research on digital breast tomosynthesis at Emory University. Since then, his research has focused on the development of advanced x-ray-based imaging techniques, especially for breast cancer detection, diagnosis, and therapy response monitoring. Dr Sechopoulos has performed extensive work in radiation dosimetry, image acquisition optimization and image reconstruction, processing and analysis for various x-ray imaging modalities.