Mammography Report Intro
As a mammography technician, you have access to sensitive patient information, including mammography reports. Mammography reports are written by the radiologist after performing a systematic review of the imaging. The doctor identifies anything abnormal and may recommend the patient undergo further testing and diagnostics, including additional mammography views and recommending whether or not the patient should undergo a biopsy.
Interpreting the mammography report is not easy. There is a wide range of things that affect the breast and can show up on a mammogram. A radiologist is specially trained to identify and interpret them. While some of these abnormalities are benign, others are not. Malignancies and invasive breast cancer must be detected early to increase the woman’s odds of survival.
Our Interpreting the Mammography Report continuing education course examines how the radiologist interprets mammograms and their important role in diagnosing breast cancer. Although mammography itself cannot offer a definitive breast cancer diagnosis, it is a key part of the process. Mammograms uncover abnormalities and give some indication of urgency. This course covers both screening and diagnostic mammography.
Screening mammography can detect small invasive cancers and ductal carcinoma in situ before symptoms appear and is key to early detection. Diagnostic mammography is performed when women return for additional imaging after something is found on a screening mammogram or when they present with a clinical finding that indicates the possibility of breast cancer, like a lump.
Find Out More About The Course
This class covers a lot of details about the mammography report, including legalities and why the radiologist must deliver a concise and accurate report to the referring physician. The role of the mammographer as an extension of the radiologist is also discussed.
Sensitivity and specificity are covered as well as the problems that can arise from a false-negative or false-positive. An extensive list of recommended terminology is explained in detail along with the importance of using an approved BI-RADS lexicon to avoid confusion in reporting. The proper organization of a report is also covered.
A significant portion of the course focuses on possible findings that may appear on a mammogram, including a detailed analysis of masses, margins, and density as well as their clinical significance. Calcifications are discussed in detail including grouping and distribution as well as characteristics of benign cases and what makes a calcification suspicious. Asymmetries, intramammary lymph nodes, skin lesions, skin retraction, nipple retraction, and skin thickening are also reviewed. The seven BI-RADS assessment categories are covered in detail as well as standards for reporting and record-keeping for institutions.
This self-directed course is worth 2 continuing education credits and includes a 17 question multiple-choice online exam.
What You'll Learn
Here are Just A Few of the Topics Our Course Will Cover:
- Why using an approved BI-RADS lexicon is important.
- An In-Depth Look at the seven BI-RADS assessment categories.
- The legalities of reporting and why the radiologist must deliver a concise and accurate report to the referring physician.
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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How Our Online Course Works
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Immediately after your purchase, you’ll recieve private login information allowing you to access your course any time you wish.
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 mammography training in breast imaging.
- 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.