Georgia Hitzke interview

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  • Early Education/Learning New Technology
    Partial Transcript: Today is June 30th, 2020
    Synopsis: In this segment, Georgia Hitzke talks about her background and education in radiology and how throughout her educational journey she had to learn a lot of new technology
    Keywords: Hologic; nuclear medicine; radiology; ultrasound; University of Wisconsin
  • Early Career
    Partial Transcript: I can't help but pick up on that
    Synopsis: Hitzke discusses her early work in medical imaging and how being a woman impacted this. She also explains her role in constructing and designing imaging centers
    Keywords: mammography; Mason Clinic; outpatient imaging; Puget Sound Radiation; Radia Medial Imaging
  • Getting Women Screened
    Partial Transcript: Was that unusual for the time
    Synopsis: Hitzke explains how she worked to convince women to get mammogram and bone densitometry screens, especially when mammograms were an unknown concept. One solution to this was to put imaging centers in department stores.
    Keywords: annual mammogram; bone densitometry; department stores; mammogram; Mammography Quality Standards Act; MQSA
  • The Mammography Quality Standards Act/Transition to Digital
    Partial Transcript: Can you tell me, you mentioned
    Synopsis: In this segment, Hitzke talks about working within the regulations of the Mammography Quality Standards Act and the impacts of this legislation. She also discusses the transition from analog to digital imaging.
    Keywords: mammography; Mammography Quality Standards Act; MQSA; radiologists; technologists; ultrasound; Washington State Society for Mammography
  • Main Roles in Early Career
    Partial Transcript: So that takes us up to
    Synopsis: Hitzke explains her roles while working for Lorad and other imaging companies, these roles included buying film and equipment and managing the process of deciding what to buy and from which company.
    Keywords: bone densitometry; DuPont; film; General Electric; Hologic; Kodak; Lorad; mammography equipment
  • Work with Lorad and Hologic
    Partial Transcript: So in 1999, you moved to the
    Synopsis: In this segment, Hitzke talks about getting hired by Lorad and her work there as well as the impact of Hologic buying Lorad, especially on the company culture
    Keywords: analog; applications manager; film based imaging; Hologic; Jack Cumming; Lorad; Picker Service; Trex
  • Development of Equipment
    Partial Transcript: Clearly it worked very well
    Synopsis: Hitzke discusses the development of equipment and the factors and challenges this process brought including, patient advocacy, patenting, and working digitally
    Keywords: Bennett; biopsy; FDA; General Electric; Hologic; mammography; patient advocacy
  • Teaching New Technology
    Partial Transcript: That makes sense
    Synopsis: Hitzke describes what it was like to develop workstations and training courses to teach other radiologists and technologists about new technology like digital imaging and tomosynthesis
    Keywords: CT Scan; digital imaging; Jack Cumming; mammography; product management; tomosynthesis; ultrasound; workstation
  • Challenges with New Technology
    Partial Transcript: Which was more challenging
    Synopsis: In this segment Hitzke talks through the challenges of teaching and working with new technologies and how she set up training centers across the world to tackle the challenges and lack of knowledge surrounding these technological advancements
    Keywords: 2D mammography; 3D mammography; Australia; Belguim; Boston; digital imaging; FDA; Hologic; Hong Kong; tomosynthesis; workstation
  • Work with Regulatory Agencies/Training Sessions
    Partial Transcript: Right. But I do understand that
    Synopsis: Hitzke explains her work with the FDA and other international regulatory agencies in regards to claims and training material. She then discusses the process of training internationally and how this international training was centered in Belguim
    Keywords: 2D Mammography; 3D Mammography; Belguim; biopsy; FDA
  • Work with Insurance Companies/Work as a Product Manager
    Partial Transcript: That leads me to a question
    Synopsis: Hitzke begins this segment by reflecting on her role in important medical advancements and then goes into a discussion about working with insurance companies, learning information about training and working for a women's health company
    Keywords: bone densitometry; Cytech; digital training courses; Germany; Hologic; insurance companies; Kathy Wilson; Lorad; mammography; Phillips; tomosynthesis
  • Reflections on Career
    Partial Transcript: So what parts of your career
    Synopsis: In this segment, Hitzke reflects on the proudest, most rewarding and least rewarding moments of her career and anything she would do differently in her career.
    Keywords: curved paddle; digital imaging; Hologic; Jack Cumming; mammography; Rob Cashella; tomosynthesis
  • Changes in the Field
    Partial Transcript: So I'm winding down toward the end
    Synopsis: In this segment, Hitzke explains the changes in the field over the course of her career, especially the transition from analog to digital imaging and how these changes impacted the training courses.
    Keywords: digital imaging; FDA; mammography; radiologists; technologists
  • Work with Outside Organizations/Final Thoughts
    Partial Transcript: So that is actually the end
    Synopsis: In the final segment, Hitzke talks about the overall development of training centers and the people that she worked with throughout her career. She also discusses the outside organizations and philanthropy work that she was involved in.
    Keywords: ECR; image processing; Jim Culley; Kathy Pickett; Komen Foundation; Pam Cumming; Pat Hall; Patrick Suvey; Radiologists without Borders; RSNA

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