|Student Learning Outcomes -|
- Demonstrate knowledge of the human structure, function, pathology and radiographic positioning relating to the human breast.
- Explain image production and related equipment components to the mammography imaging process including quality assurance and quality control.
|Description - |
|Technical and procedural aspects of mammography including breast anatomy, physiology, positioning, compression, quality assurance techniques, implant imaging and mass localization. Successful completion of this course entitles the student to a Certificate of Completion of a 40 hour course in mammography education. Intended for students in the radiologic technology program.|
|Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- discuss methods and techniques for patient education and assessment.
- identify and describe the instrumentation of a dedicated mammographic unit system.
- describe various ways of maintaining and performing quality control in mammography.
- identify and label normal anatomy of the human breast.
- compare and contrast normal/abnormal radiographic appearances of the breast as related to various pathological conditions.
- discuss the factors that effect mammographic technique and image quality.
- describe breast positioning imaging techniques.
- differentiate special positioning and radiographic techniques for the augmented breast, post-operative patient and breast specimen imaging.
- list and describe proper positioning methods used during general mammography, mass localization and needle localization.
|Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
|Classroom with multimedia equipment, illuminators and Internet access. |
|Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Patient Care: Education and Assessment (Lec)
- Patient Communication
- Pre-exam instructions
- Explanation of mammographic procedure
- ACS guidelines
- Breast self-examination (BSE)
- Clinical breast examination (CBE)
- Patient Assessment
- Epidemiology of breast cancer
- Risk factors
- Signs and symptoms of breast cancer
- Documentation of medical history
- Treatment Options
- Surgical options
- Non-surgical options
- Tumor staging
- Instrumentation and Quality Assurance (L-L)
- Design Characteristics of Mammography Units
- Techniques settings
- Mammography tube
- Compression devices
- System geometry
- Acquisition and Display
- Analog systems
- Digital systems
- Computer aided detection
- Quality Assurance and Evaluation (L-L)
- Accreditation and certification
- Quality Control
- Technologist tests
- Medical physicist test
- Digital QC test
- Anatomy and Physiology (L-L)
- External Anatomy
- Internal Anatomy
- Localization Terminology
- Pathology (L-L)
- Imaging terminology
- Bengin conditions
- High risk conditions
- Malignant conditions
- Mammographic Technique and Image Evaluation (L-L)
- Technical factors
- Image Quality Evaluation
- Breast Imaging Procedures (Lec)
- Mammographic Positioning
- Standard views
- Additional views
- Positioning techniques
- Special Patient Situations (Lec)
- Imaging Options
- Augmented breast
- Post-operative patient
- Breast specimen imaging
- Interventional Procedures (Lec)
- Fine needle
- Mass localization
- Needle localization
|Methods of Evaluation - |
- Directed Readings Assignments
- Final Examination.
|Representative Text(s) - |
|Peart, Olive. Mammography and Breast Imaging: Just the Facts. 1st Edition. McGraw Hill, 2005. ISBN 9780071431200 |
Peart, Olive. Appleton & Lange Review of Mammography. 1st Edition. McGraw Hill, 2002. ISBN 9780071548359
|Disciplines - |
|Radiologic Technology. |
|Method of Instruction - |
- Group Activities
|Lab Content - |
- Radiographic image anatomy identification.
- Equipment recognition.
- Quality assurance and quality control testing.
- Radiographic pathology identification.
- Mammographic technique and image evaluation.
|Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - |
- Reading Assignments: Weekly reading assignments from course syllabus and textbook.
- Outside Assignments: Directed Readings throughout the quarter.