1) Understand the use of the BI-RADS lexicon in describing lesions found on mammography, ultrasound, and MR imaging. 2) Utilize the appropriate BI-RADS assessment categories for mammography, ultrasound, and MR imaging. 3) To use the BI-RADS lexicon in everyday practice and issue meaningful, unambiguous breast imaging reports.
The subjective interpretation of breast lesions with mammography, ultrasound, and MR-imaging is difficult to evaluate and therefore difficult to improve. The medical audit is the only way to measure breast imaging performance in a manner that includes not only technical, but also interpretive capabilities of the system. The 'Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System' (BI-RADS) is a quality assurance tool, designed to standardize breast imaging reporting, reduce confusion in breast imaging interpretations, and facilitate outcome monitoring. Through a medical audit and outcome monitoring, the system provides important peer review and quality assurance data to improve the quality of patient care. The BI-RADS is the product of a cooperative effort between members of various committees of the American College of Radiology. The BI-RADS was first introduced in 1992 and has become a widely accepted tool all over the world. However, there is a need for continuous teaching of the BI-RADS classification because it is intended for use in everyday practice and should make it possible to issue meaningful, unambiguous breast imaging reports.This BI-RADS session has been organized to provide participants with an introduction to the most important sections of this system. These are the breast imaging lexicon for mammography, ultrasound, and MR imaging. Beside the theoretical background, participants will be trained and tested on how to apply the BI-RADS.