Intro to Treating Ductal Carcinoma in SITU
Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer in American women and researchers are still searching for a cause. Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is the most common type of non-invasive breast cancer and the earliest form. It’s considered Stage 0 and nearly all women who are diagnosed with it can be cured if it’s caught early.
DCIS may or may not progress to invasive cancer but identifying subtypes is difficult. Some cases of DCIS grow so slowly that they may not require treatment. On the other hand, some women who receive treatment are at higher risk for DCIS returning or developing another type of breast cancer in the future. Most recurrences occur within five or 10 years with a likelihood of less than 30 percent.
In recent years, the increased use of mammogram screenings has led to an uptick in the number of people diagnosed with DCIS. This is in part due to technical advancements in the field as well as the hard work of mammography technologists.
For a mammographer, capturing a high-quality image and acting as the link between the patient and the radiologist can help women achieve a favorable outcome. The better the understanding of DCIS, the higher the image quality. This Ductal Carcinoma in Situ course examines the significance of this form of breast cancer down to a cellular level and the important role mammographers play in detecting it.
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This course covers a lot of information about ductal carcinoma in situ and breast cancer in general, including the difference between in situ and invasive disease, comedo DCIS, and non-comedo DCIS, and the most common types of non-comedo DCIS: solid, cribriform, and papillary and micropapillary.
Grading of breast cancer is also reviewed as are common presentations of DCIS. The role of the radiologist is deeply explored as is their ability to identify the shape, form, and appropriate treatment for any microcalcifications that could indicate DCIS or other forms of breast cancer. Calcification morphology is covered, including amorphous, coarse heterogeneous, fine pleomorphic, and fine linear. Biopsy approaches are discussed as well as the need for post-operative and follow-up imaging.
Appropriate treatments for DCIS are also covered, including various types of radiotherapy, lumpectomies, and hormonal therapy. TNM staging and survival rates are reviewed as well. This course is approved for 2 CE credits and includes a 16 question multiple-choice online exam.
What You'll Learn
Here are Just A Few of the Topics Our Course Will Cover:
- The Most Common Types of Non-Comedo DCIS.
- Common Presentations & Grading of Breast Cancer.
- The Most Appropraite Treatments for DCIS.
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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 hours of DCIS 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.