Since 2011 EUREF has been working on a quality control protocol for breast tomosynthesis systems. Several feedback sessions have been organized with individual physicists, representatives of the industry and international regulatory organizations. As a result the protocol has been adapted and texts have been written and rewritten for clarification. We thank everybody for their feedback and cooperation.
We are now pleased to announce that version 1.0 of this protocol has been made available via the website (www.euref.org). We believe that this facilitates and will harmonize QC measurements on breast tomosynthesis systems. However, in this version an overall image quality measurement is still lacking. Currently no methods to quantify this overall image quality exist, therefore image quality measurements using readily available phantoms and measurements in projection images are proposed to cover important aspects of image quality. We are still working on methods to quantify overall image quality, but due to the large number of breast tomosynthesis systems already installed in Europe we decided to publish the protocol via the internet as it is. We believe that guidance is highly required.
On September 11th, 2015 we will host a one-day workshop on tomosynthesis QC. This workshop will be held in Vienna in cooperation with the Austrian reference centre for technical quality assurance in the breast cancer screening programme (Referenzzentrum für technische Qualitätssicherung im BKF). During this workshop we will give an overview on breast tomosynthesis systems, provide insights of the why’s of measurements, will give practical tips for QC measurements and explain the software which is made available by the centres who participated in drafting the protocol. More information on this workshop can be found on the EUREF webpage. We hope that a lot of people will attend.