Introduction to Mammography: Instrumentation, Quality Assurance, Diagnostic Procedures and Treatments
3 Credit Hour Course WEB BASED
Course provides the student with foundational concepts of mammographic equipment. It will include types and functions, factors that govern and influence image production and recording. Course provides the student with foundational concepts of mammographic quality assurance testing. This course will include factors that govern and influence quality control equipment. The student will gain the knowledge to construct a quality assurance program for a mammography program following the ACR and MQSA guidelines. The student will gain an understanding of various preoperative procedures such as a routine localization, specimen radiography, ultrasound of the breast, cyst aspiration, ductography, fine needle aspiration cytology, and breast MR. Course also includes minimally invasive needle breast biopsy procedures, core biopsy, stereotactic procedures, and interventional procedures used in breast cancer diagnosis.
Mammography: Anatomy and Physiology, Pathology, Positioning and Practical Applications in Problem Solving
3 Credit Hour Course WEB BASED
Course provides the fundamentals of mammography positioning. It includes breast anatomy and physiology and pathologic changes, and the relevance of these to mammographic appearance and positioning including correlation to the radiographic appearance of normal anatomy and benign and malignant mammographic findings. The course also provides the basic concepts in patient assessment and evaluation in mammography. It includes effective communication, patient safety/comfort, patient preparation, professionalism, ethics and critical thinking. Course content will emphasize the importance of establishing a positive relationship with the patient, addressing their psychological needs and providing patient information related to the procedure.
2 Credit Hour Course Clinical Education Setting
Provides the student with the clinical experience required to become competent in performing mammographic procedures, mammographic image critique and time to perform required quality control testing. Upon course completion, the student will be competent in completing the entire examination from request and chart review, to patient screening, explaining the procedure to the patient, positioning the patient, using required accessories, setting the equipment, making a correct exposure, processing the image, completing the paperwork, using the computer to store patient data and maintaining quality control. The course provides an opportunity to obtain documentation of clinical competence as required by the ARRT for eligibility to take the advanced level examination in mammography. Minimum 150 contact hours of supervised instruction required. Students must perform 75 mammographic examinations (screening and/or diagnostic) in addition to the 25 examinations that are required by the initial MQSA mammography requirements. All examinations must be performed on patients (not phantoms or simulations).