Intro to Digital Mammography
When breast cancer is discovered before a mass is palpable, the patient can receive a better prognosis as more treatment options are available. Since there is no way to prevent breast cancer, early detection is the most effective weapon available and quality mammography is key. The success of digital mammography depends on high-quality, low-dose images, and knowledge of the science of imaging helps the mammographer produce quality images.
The Digital Mammography with Quality Assurance & Quality Control course is intended for mammography technologists who are preparing for the ARRT advanced level exam. Those preparing for this exam should already have a foundational knowledge of digital diagnostic equipment. This course focuses on the differences between standard equipment and mammographic equipment. An overview of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is included.
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The course begins with an overview of mammography equipment going as far back as the 1960s. Essential steps to producing a quality mammogram image are reviewed as are instrumentation, mammography tubes, mammographic target materials, Bremsstrahlung interactions, photoelectric interactions, anode angles, and anode heel effect.
Top factors that affect image quality are explained, including system geography, magnification techniques, beam restriction devices, grids, and technical variables like automatic exposure control, image contrast, subject contrast, kilovoltage, and full, semi-automatic, and manual exposure modes.
Analog and digital mammography are compared, including the limitations of analog and the differences in how each method generates, captures, processes images. Digital image quality is discussed as well as the reasons that an image may fail to identify breast cancer. Breast tissue types and the American College of Radiology’s BI-RADS composition categories are explained and the decimal number system versus the binary number system is covered. This course extensively covers the four types of digital x-ray systems including a full list of various FDA-approved units.
Direct and indirect capture, detectors and monitors, and pixel size are also discussed. Common digital photography principles are reviewed to show how they directly relate to mammography. These principles include image resolution, wide dynamic range, response curves, and field of view. Digital radiography and computed radiography are also compared. This course explains the benefits of digital mammography for the technologist, radiologist, facility, and patient, touching on digital workflow and post-exposure image manipulation.
This self-directed in-depth course is worth 8 continuing education credits.
What You'll Learn
Here are Just A Few of the Topics Our Course Will Cover:
- A List of QC Test Failures and Corrective Action.
- Quality Assurance and Quality Control are Covered Extensively, Including Discussions About Governing Agencies, Accreditation, and Proceedures to Ensure Equipment is Functioning Properly.
- The Four Types of Digital X-Ray Systems Including a Full List of Various FDA-Approved Units.
- An Explaination of the ACR BI-RADS Composition Categories.
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 8 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.