Mammography Positioning Intro
Mammography is the primary means of early breast cancer detection, particularly in asymptomatic women who have no obvious signs and symptoms of the disease. Whether or not a radiologist can successfully identify a problem depends on the quality of the mammogram.
Proper positioning is one of the most important factors in diagnosis as radiologists cannot detect a problem in an area that they cannot see. So much relies on the expertise of the mammographer. The Mammographic Positioning, Basic & Advanced course covers the best ways to get the highest quality image. This is not always an easy task because patients come in different shapes and sizes which is precisely why it is so important to constantly learn and practice new, effective techniques.
Improper positioning has been identified as the primary cause of breast cancers being missed on a mammogram. Meticulous attention to detail is required to properly care for patients and must come from every member of the care team, including the mammography technologist
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This course begins by discussing the differences between a screening and diagnostic mammogram and lays out specific guidelines for each. The importance of getting the patient to relax is reviewed as well as some strategies for doing so.
Breast cushions, breast mobility, and nipple in profile are covered as well as how to choose the correct sized compression panel. Various positioning artifacts are examined, including patient-related, hardware-related, and those caused by software processing.
Next, the course moves into basic standard views, including how to obtain a clear craniocaudal (CC) view as well as visualization of the pectoralis and sternalis muscles. Step-by-step instructions for CC view are provided. Multiple views are also reviewed in detail, including mediolateral oblique, exaggerated craniocaudal lateral, exaggerated craniocaudal medial, cleavage, axillary tail, roll, caudocranial from below, and lateromedial oblique, each with detailed step-by-step instructions for capturing it successfully.
Full implant views and implant displacement are discussed including step-by-step instructions for capturing various views successfully. Instructions for tangential skin localization and palpable masses, spot compression, and magnification are included. The positioning of the male patient is covered in detail as are patients that present other challenges, including those with large breasts as well as special situations like chest wall deformities, side effects of radiation therapy, reduction mammoplasty, post-core biopsy, post-surgical breasts, kyphosis, protruding abdomen, pacemakers, infusion ports, and small breasts.
This mammography positioning training course is worth 4 CE credits and includes a 32 question multiple-choice online exam.
What You'll Learn
Here are Just A Few of the Topics Our Course Will Cover:
- Step-by-Step Instructions for Capturing Various Views Successfully.
- How to Select the correct sized compression panel for your patient.
- Instructions for tangential skin localization and palpable masses, spot compression, and magnification.
- Discuss Why Improper Positioning is the Key Cause for Image Failure
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 4 credit hours of mammography positioning 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.