Intro to Breast Pathology
The Breast Pathology course covers a range of important topics, including detailed breast anatomy and physiology for both benign and malignant pathology. A significant portion of the course is dedicated to specific benign, high-risk, and malignant breast conditions and how to recognize each on a mammogram. Photos and mammography images are included to give an idea of how the patient presents with these conditions alongside what the imaging actually looks like. This course goes into great detail about many abnormalities, including how the patient may present and examples of what the mammogram may show. These are important to the role of mammography technologist, especially as it relates to their ability to communicate with the radiologist and act as an integral part of the diagnostic team. Breast cancer statistics from the American Cancer Society are covered as are trends in the rate of breast cancer diagnoses and deaths. The goal of the course is to teach the mammography technologist about the various conditions they may see in their practice as well as how the radiologist classifies these conditions and recommends an appropriate course of treatment.
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The first topic in this mammography for men course is the anatomy of the male breast and the differences between it and the female breast. Various forms of benign gynecomastia are covered, including pseudo gynecomastia, physiologic gynecomastia, and pathological gynecomastia. The causes, treatment, and mammographic interpretation of these conditions are reviewed as is how to differentiate between gynecomastia and breast cancer.
Male pectoral implants are explored as well as the necessary surgical interventions when gynecomastia does not resolve naturally. Carcinoma of the male breast is covered in detail. Various types of breast cancer are looked at in-depth, including ductal carcinoma in situ, infiltrating ductal carcinoma, infiltrating lobular carcinoma, Paget’s disease of the breast, and inflammatory breast cancer.
Because breast cancer in men is so infrequent, etiology is examined thoroughly, including genetic mutations, geography, estrogen treatments, and testicular disorders. This course also provides a direct comparison between male and female breast cancer as it relates to mean tumor size, staging, and more. Cancer treatments covered include mastectomy, radiation, chemo, and multiple hormone therapies. Detailed step-by-step instructions as to how to position men for imagining are offered along with a thorough explanation of how to perform a self-breast exam.
This continuing education course is worth 1 CE and includes a 10 question multiple-choice online exam.
What You'll Learn
Here are Just A Few of the Topics Our Course Will Cover:
- Identify the five quadrants of the breast and the most common site of breast cancers.
- Describe triple-negative and triple-positive breast cancers. Identify treatment options.
- Explain how breast cancers are graded.
- Describe breast cancer classifications based on gene expression.
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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.”
“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 4 credit hours of mammography breast pathology 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.