News | Mammography | April 12, 2018

Training videos address positioning performance issues identified by VolparaEnterprise software

Volpara Solutions and Mammography Educators Launch Mammography Positioning Training Videos

April 12, 2018 — Volpara Solutions Inc. and mammography education provider Mammography Educators LLC announced the launch of training videos designed to make mammography positioning better. The training videos have been integrated in Volpara’s VolparaEnterprise software that provides a comprehensive assessment of image quality on every screening mammogram.

Mammography Educators partnered with Volpara to enhance VolparaEnterprise software with embedded training modules. Designed to improve the quality of breast imaging using proven techniques in mammography positioning, the videos will provide multiple levels of technologist training. Videos will include positioning overviews for the CC and MLO projections as well as for common positioning performance issues. Topics include:

  • Excessive exaggeration;
  • Nipple in profile;
  • Assuring adequate length for the posterior nipple line;
  • Inframammary fold; and
  • The length and shape of pectoralis muscle.

"Proper breast positioning is critical for optimal cancer detection, but difficult to assess manually. We are excited to partner with Volpara to make these targeted training videos for more than a dozen common positioning performance issues that can be routinely identified using VolparaEnterprise software," said Louise Miller, R.T.(R)(M)(ARRT), CRT, FSBI, FNCBC, director of education and co-founder of Mammography Educators. "These videos are designed to help improve image quality in a way that is consistent, reproducible and ergonomically sound."

"I expect these videos to help focus our training efforts. I've been peer reviewing technologists for many years, providing feedback and tips on such techniques as obtaining the Inframammary fold, with mixed results. Being able to walk through a formal training process from awareness of what the problem is, to discovery, to learning new techniques to having the technologists be able to review her performance based on her own images, can have a real long-term impact. This is a completely different way to drive training results," said Lori Keiper, clinical specialist and women's imaging coordinator at St. Luke's University Health Network, Allentown, Pa.

VolparaEnterprise software features a Technologist dashboard, which enables each mammography technologist to monitor her own performance and self-train. In addition, the Lead Technologist now sees a Quality Quadrant diagram that summarizes patient positioning and compression performance by each technologist, helping to identify training opportunities.

"We have been using VolparaEnterprise to redefine how to track and trend our technologist's quality and facility workflow. VolparaEnterprise has provided our institute with amazing objective, analytic capability which has allowed us to applaud the team's strengths and use them to facilitate collaborative growth, while identifying opportunities that we individualize by technologist. We have seen continued and sustained improvements as a result of this program," said Maureen Mann, executive director of Boca Raton Regional Hospital's Christine E. Lynn Women's Health & Wellness Institute in Florida.

VolparaEnterprise software delivers key performance indicators for hundreds of performance and quality metrics, including patient positioning and compression, which are widely viewed as the causes of most clinical image deficiencies and associated with delayed detection of breast cancer. The software enables breast centers to perform rapid quality control checks that help optimize the productivity and efficiency of imaging resources. This in turn helps decrease costs through the reduction of retakes, increase employee effectiveness, and enhance the patient experience.

Volpara Solutions will showcase VolparaEnterprise software and its suite of quantitative breast imaging tools, which includes VolparaDensity software,, at the 2018 Society for Breast Imaging (SBI)/American College of Radiology (ACR) Breast Imaging Symposium, April 12-15 in Las Vegas.

For more information: www.volparasolutions.com

 

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