Introduction to DBT
Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) for breast cancer screening and diagnosis was approved by the FDA in 2011. Since that time, multiple systems have been developed and approved by numerous companies and screening mammography has become a life-saving tool for many women.
The Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) course covers the history behind this life-saving screening and what makes it such an important tool in the fight against breast cancer.
Mammography was initially developed in 1967. Clinical trials done in the 1970s indicated that routine mammograms could have an impact on breast cancer mortalities and, by the early 1980s, the American Cancer Society began recommending breast cancer screenings for asymptomatic women. But early analog screenings missed about 20 percent of breast cancers and identified a lot of false positives that resulted in unnecessary biopsies.
In the 1990s, computer-aided detection became available, advancing things a step further. Even though this technology advanced significantly over the years, cancers that appeared in certain breast tissues could not be adequately visualized. DBT was the next step in the evolution of mammography and plays a big part in early detection, a key to saving lives.
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This course covers digital breast tomosynthesis in-depth. The limitations of 2D digital mammography are covered in detail, including a discussion about the Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) classification of breast density and how it affects visualization on 2D mammography.
Sensitivity and specificity are covered as well as how a standardized system of measuring breast density came to be. Breast screening guidelines for women of average risk from multiple organizations are present in great detail are the five FDA-approved DBT units currently in use are covered in detail along with various modes of acquisition.
Tomosynthesis theory is discussed, including similarities and differences between DBT and a CT scan. Full and minimal compression and approaches to image reconstruction are also covered.
This course also gets into the technical system requirements for performing DBT, workflow considerations for facilities, and radiation dose considerations for patients. Factors to consider for clinical implementation are listed and quality control issues addressed. This digital breast tomosynthesis course also reviews important studies that have demonstrated the benefits of DBT.
What You'll Learn
Here are Just A Few of the Topics Our Course Will Cover:
- The general features of 3D (Three-dimensional) digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT).
- Why DBT was introduced as a new breast imaging modality.
- A comparison of 2D digital mammography to 3D tomosynthesis is included, from acquisition to display.
- Information on implementation, dose, and patient selection is also provided.
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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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Who is This Course For
- This course is a great option for mammographers who need to satisfy the MQSA requirement for 8 credit hours of digital mammography 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.