Intro to Breast Compression
Breast compression is an emotionally charged topic in mammography as most technicians have been berated, yelled at, or sworn at by patients. The truth is that breast compression is very painful for a lot of patients and a primary reason why some may not return for followup scans or next year’s routine breast cancer screening.
Our continuing education course Breast Compression and Image Labeling helps the mammographer understand the procedure in more detail in the hopes of improving patient care. Early detection of breast cancer relies on annual screenings so it is important to make the procedure as tolerable as possible while capturing the highest quality images for accurate interpretation by the radiologist.
This course focuses on breast compression during a mammogram from a practical standpoint as well as from the patient’s perspective. Breast compression on patients with special needs is addressed as is proper labeling of a mammogram image.
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This breast imaging course covers a wide range of applicable topics. An overview of patient information about mammography from organizations like the American Cancer Society, Office on Women’s Health, CDC, and NIH is provided to get an idea of patient preconceptions about the procedure.
Results of a 2016 compliance study are discussed as well as strategies for how to help calm patient fears. This includes a look at the mammopad breast cushion and its benefits in mammography. Other topics include selecting the right size compression paddle, paddle design, the Mammospot and S.O.F.T. paddle, and equipment variances between some of the more popular imaging machines from GE Healthcare, Siemens Medical Systems, and Hologic.
The differences between rigid and flexible compression paddles are discussed as well as compression paddles for wire localization procedures. Another section of this course is devoted to adequate compression and the injuries that can be caused by mammographers who are too overzealous. This section also covers the benefits of adequate compression, including uniform tissue thickness, holding the breast tissue away from the chest wall, separating overlying structures, and how it improves the quality of the image.
Official guidelines under the Mammography Quality Standards Act are reviewed as are quality control tests from the American College of Radiology. This course also reviews considerations for special needs patients, including those who are obese, have small breasts, or are symptomatic with obvious lumps or masses. Spot compression is covered as are post-surgical patients, augmented breasts, and breast implants. Finally, the course addresses proper image labeling and identification.
This course is worth 1 CE credits and includes a 20 question multiple-choice online exam.
What You'll Learn
Here are Just A Few of the Topics Our Course Will Cover:
- Powerful strategies for how to help calm patient fears.
- How to Select the right size compression paddle.
- The benefits of adequate compression.
- Official guidelines under the Mammography Quality Standards Act and How they affect you.
- Explain the purpose of proper image labeling in mammography
- Describe theACR’s standardized labeling system.
You’ll Also Get…
Sheralyn D. – American Fork, UT
“I have been in radiology for 29 years and during that time I obtained my mammography license. I enjoyed working in this field, but when we moved, I was employed in a clinic that didn’t have a mammography unit in their facility. Years later, as I explored getting back into the mammo field, I needed to meet the guidelines and recommendations of MQSA. I searched many online sites to find CE coursework to fulfill the requirements. There are many offerings out there, however, Radcomm is the best in price and quality and I highly recommend it to anyone who needs CE credits.”
“Love everything about your program – prices, downloadable content, content is interesting and testing is appropriate to the field. So glad I found you!”
“I like everything about your program. It is convenient, relevant to my job, and cost efficient. I especially like the topics and I will recommend RadComm to my coworkers.”
These courses are an easy way to get my credits on my own schedule. The courses are always interesting and totally worth the time to read and complete.”
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Most RadComm courses are made up of 2 modules: The study guide and the quiz. Pass the quiz with a 75% or better.
Once you pass the quiz module you gain instant access to a certificate which you can use to submit your credits to the ARRT.
Who is This Course For
- This course is a great option for mammographers who need to satisfy the MQSA requirement for 1 credit hour of digital mammography imaging and compression training.
- Any mammographer who is looking for high quality mammography credits in a self paced format.
- MQSA Inspectors
- Mammography Vendors and Supervisors
About the Instructor
Jeanette is the founder of RadComm. In her role as a breast imaging consultant and breast health educator, she has traveled the country instructing fellow mammographers in the fine art of mammography. She has been a registered radiologic technologist (ARRT) since 1975 and received certification in mammography in 1992.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Mundelein College (of Loyola University), Chicago. She is a member of The Society of Breast Imaging and the Virginia Society of Radiologic Technologists. Jeanette was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998 on an annual screening mammogram at the age of 42 and is proof that early detection saves lives.
Frequently Asked Questions
Each interactive, self-directed course contains 2 modules. The 1st module is the course content. The 2nd module is the exam. To get started select your desired course above and follow the prompts for immediate access.
Mammography continuing education credits and certificates are awarded after the successful completion of each course and exam. You will be given the option to print or save a copy to your computer for your records.
All mammography courses offered by RadComm have been approved by the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) for Category A Continuing Education Credits. AHRA is a Recognized Continuing Education Evaluation Mechanism (RCEEM) and has been authorized by the ARRT to approve Category A credit.
Technologists may repeat any course for CE, if they complete it in a different biennium. Technologists using RadComm’s courses are responsible for tracking the courses they have completed on our site. RadComm assumes no responsibility for any issues arising from repeating a course(s) in the same biennium
No, these mammography courses are approved for technologist use and award Category A credits. They have not been submitted to physician governing bodies for approval.
Yes, these courses are approved by the state of Florida and have been assigned a Florida approval number, which appears on your Certificate of Completion. All other states recognize and accept continuing education Category A credits approved by an ARRT RCEEM (Recognized Continuing Education Evaluation Mechanism).
The ARRT does not have any specific CE requirements for mammography technologists. They do require that all ARRT technologists earn 24 Category A credits per biennium (every two years) to satisfy CE requirements.
As part of the 24 credits required per biennium by the ARRT, MQSA (FDA) requires 15 credits of mammography-specific continuing education every 36 months (3 years) for mammographers. To simplify the confusion, RadComm recommends that you obtain a minimum of 5 Category A credits in mammography each year to fulfill the MQSA requirement. For further clarification of these rules, please see our Rules and Regulations page.