Breast Implants and Mammography
While it’s difficult to say how many women have had breast implant surgery, it’s estimated to be about four million in the United States and as many as 10 million worldwide. Breast implants are a sensitive topic for some women and one that is accompanied by anxiety and uncertainty.
Mammographers are bound to come in contact with women who have had implants as those considering them in the future, in some cases as reconstructive surgery post-mastectomy. Women with implants often worry about an increased risk of breast cancer or implant rupture and radiologists are often asked to evaluate the integrity of implants and other breast prostheses.
The Breast Implants and Mammography course helps the mammographer prepare to interact with these patients, offering knowledge and support. A patient with implants presents a special challenge to the mammographer when it comes to maximizing visualization while preserving the integrity of the implant.
Additional imaging is often needed and the mammogram technologist must be aware of the necessity of careful positioning to overcome visualization issues and keep the radiologist informed of any problems with the implants during the mammogram.
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The mammogram with implants course covers a wide range of information, starting with the history of breast augmentation, problems, and FDA regulation. Various types of breast implants are explored, including silicone gel, silicone gel with textured coating, saline implants, biocompatible gel implants, and polyurethane-coated implants.
Other topics covered in the course include tissue expanders in preparation for reconstructive surgery post-mastectomy, surgical placement of breast implants, breast reconstruction with implants and flaps, and microsurgical reconstruction. Known risks and complications, like implant encapsulation, asymmetry, capsular contracture, deflation, rupture, leakage, pain, rippling, infection, hematoma, loss of sensation, herniation, breastfeeding and the effects on infants, calcium deposits, bottoming out, keloid scarring, malposition, extrusion, atrophy, and Mondor’s bands. Reductive mammoplasty is also covered.
One serious complication of breast implants is the risk that something will be missed on a mammogram, making self-breast exams essential. This course covers what patients should look for when performing a self breast tissue examination. Details about reading the imaging of a breast with implants are reviewed, including various problems the mammographer may have and how to correct or work around them. The use of compression with implants is covered in detail and there are step-by-step instructions for positioning to obtain each projection. Ultrasound, MRI, biopsies, and cancer treatment in women with implants are also considered.
This self-directed course is worth 2 continuing education credits and includes a 20 question multiple-choice online exam, and includes a variety of images related to mammography with implants throughout.
What You'll Learn
Here are Just A Few of the Topics Our Course Will Cover:
- A Wide Range of Breast Implant Types and How They Affect the Mammogram Proceedure.
- Known Risks and Complications, Such as Implant Encapsulation.
- Reductive Mammoplasty.
- The Ideal Use of Compression for Patients with Implants Along with Step-by-Step Positioning Instructions.
- List the imaging modalities used to evaluate women with breast implants.
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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.”
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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 2 credit dhours of digital mammography for breast implants 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.