Curriculum

Under the direct supervision of qualified mammographers and physicians, each student receives classroom-based and clinical education in mammography.

Clinical education for Breast Imaging is a structured experience. Our students learn through:
  • classroom presentations
  • discussions
  • seminars
  • demonstrations
  • supervised practice of standard procedures.

Each student practices individually with his or her clinical supervisor and/or registered mammographer to ensure close direct supervision, and to allow the student ample experience in all routine and specialized clinical procedures. Clinical progress is documented through an evaluation system. It is the student's responsibility to be available for all classroom presentations.

Breast Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology

This unit will provide the student with the basic understanding of breast anatomy, physiology and pathologic changes, and the relevance of these to mammographic appearance and positioning.

Patient Preparation/Education

This unit will introduce the student to breast self-examination. The student will learn to conduct a patient history interview as well as accurately document patient history and physical findings.

Mammographic Procedure

This unit will familiarize the student with the equipment appropriate for the mammographic examination. Proper exposure factors, identification and the use of film markers, as well as film processing, will be discussed.

Positioning Techniques for Mammography

This unit provides the student with an overview of mammographic positioning. In addition, the student will have knowledge of the area of the breast demonstrated by each projection and when it is best used.

Mammographic Quality Control

At the end of this unit the student will be able to implement and execute a quality control plan, including testing.

Interventional/Special Procedures

This unit will define interventional procedures used in breast imaging and breast cancer diagnosis, such as needle localizations, galactography and stereotactic biopsies.

Radiographic Critique/Interpretation

This unit will allow the student to learn how to evaluate radiographic technique, breast structures and pathology. The student will observe a radiologist interpret 20 mammograms.

Mammographic Physics

Competency Based Clinical Education

In this unit the student will apply skills learned in the classroom to the performance of mammographic examinations. Students are expected to gain practical experience and demonstrate competency in the areas of patient positioning, breast examination, quality control and film critique.