Mammo Minutes 2008-09-23

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  • Penny Butler - ACR
  • Christoph Dickmann - Siemens
  • Barbara Hirsch - ACR
  • Renate Hoecker - Siemens
  • Richard Kaczmarek - US FDA
  • Janet Keyes - Hologic
  • Chris Lindop - GE
  • Paul Morgan - Fujifilm
  • Bas Revet - Philips
  • Judy Wolfman, MD - Northwestern Univ.
  • Chris Carr - RSNA


1) Committee Organization

  • Reviewed roster and committee procedures
  • Voting rights require regular attendance at committee meetings: attendance at two consecutive events required to establish voting rights; three consecutive absences loses voting privileges
  • Committee members required to represent IHE Member Organizations: can apply for membership at IHE Website
  • Chris Carr to update roster and attendance
  • Chris Carr to contact Co-chairs (Rita Zuley and Nikos Gkanatsios) about continued participation; solicit nominations for one co-chair position

2) General Committee Strategy: Develop new profiles or focus on implementation of existing profiles?

  • Mammo Workflow Profile needs to be implemented and promoted, which will require considerable manpower
  • DICOM CPs out for ballot that are required to implement Mammo Workflow; challenge to implement by February Connectathon
  • Consolidation year; evaluate reporting issues and develop white paper for development

3) Mammography Reporting Workflow proposal

  • Reviewed profile proposal by Dr. Ellis
  • Needs to be evaluated and discussed before a detailed proposal could be developed
  • Not clear what standards should be used; eg, what should be translation point between DICOM and HL7
  • Workstations have access to DICOM images, whereas reporting systems may not
  • Profile would need to be coordinated with existing Radiology Reporting Workflow profile and other work on workflow standards and structured medical documents
  • Preference of group on the call is to take the 2008-2009 cycle to develop a coordinated approach to reporting workflow and structured reports
  • Chris Carr will poll broader group about concurrence with white paper development plan

4) Development Timeline: meetings and teleconferences

  • Members on call not able to commit to defined schedule--timeline contingent on work approach
  • Chris Carr to poll group on preferred schedule

5) Mammo demonstration at SBI 2009

  • Demonstration including Mammo Image Display and Mammo Workflow profiles is planned for SBI Meeting, April 26-29, 2009, Colorado Springs
  • Testing at February 23-27 Connectathon (Chicago) to be required preparation; registration deadline for Connectathon is Sept. 30
  • Chris Carr and Michele Wittling to develop call for participation and application form
  • Chris Carr to poll group regarding plans to test Mammo Worklow profile

Mammography Technical SubCommittee