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Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC
Maureen Hewko P:412-623-5993 F:412-692-2520
Herberman Conference Center - UPMC Shadyside
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5150 Centre Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
United States

Radioactive Seed Localization in Breast Diseases

April 25, 2014
Herberman Conference Center at UPMC Shadyside
Pittsburgh, PA

Intent and Overview
The standard approach to localization of nonpalpable breast lesions prior to excision has been preoperative wire localization. The procedure of wire localization suffers from a number of limitations to include, but not limited to, patient discomfort, migration of the localization wire, accidental dislodgement, and delays to the radiology and surgical scheduling.

Radioactive seed localization of nonpalpable breast lesions is one of a number of new technologies aimed at replacing wire localizations. This procedure affords the radiology and surgical teams the opportunity to uncouple their efforts, resulting in improved efficiency. It is associated with greater patient satisfaction and offers the potential for improved localization with resection of smaller breast volumes.

The course is designed to introduce the option of radioactive seed localization, with a comprehensive review from inception to implementation, educating all disciplines regarding technique, benefits to health care team and patient and the necessary administrative framework for safety and regulatory compliance.

Who Should Attend
This course is designed for Surgeons, Radiologists, Pathologists, Radiation Safety Officers and Hospital Administrators.

The conference has contracted a limited number of hotel rooms at the Hampton Inn in Oakland for conference attendees. You may book a room by calling the hotel at 412-681-3022 and asking for the group code “UPMC Conference” in order to receive our reduced rates.

Course Co-Directors
Marguerite A. Bonaventura, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (Pittsburgh, PA, USA)

Ronald R. Johnson, MD
Chief of Surgery, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC
Associate Professor of Surgery
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (Pittsburgh, PA, USA)

Continuing Education Credit
The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded 0.4  continuing education units (CEU’s) which are equal to 4.00  contact hours.

Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences


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