R T 65: MAMMOGRAPHY
Foothill College Course Outline of Record
|Effective Term:||Summer 2021|
|Hours:||2.5 lecture, 1.5 laboratory per week (48 total per quarter)|
|Prerequisite:||R T 62A or current certification in Radiologic Technology.|
|Degree & Credit Status:||Degree-Applicable Credit Course|
|Grade Type:||Letter Grade Only|
Student Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate knowledge of the human structure, function, pathology and radiographic positioning relating to the human breast.
- Explain image production and related equipment components to the mammography imaging process including quality assurance and quality control.
The student will be able to:
A. Discuss methods and techniques for patient education and assessment.
B. Identify and describe the instrumentation of a dedicated mammographic unit system.
C. Describe various ways of maintaining and performing quality control and quality assurance in mammography.
D. Identify and label normal anatomy of the human breast.
E. Compare and contrast normal/abnormal radiographic appearances of the breast as related to various pathological conditions.
F. Discuss the factors that affect mammographic technique and image quality.
G. Describe breast positioning imaging techniques.
H. Differentiate special positioning and radiographic techniques for the augmented breast, post-operative patient and breast specimen imaging.
I. List and describe proper positioning methods used during general mammography, mass localization and needle localization.
A. Patient care: education and assessment (Lec)
1. Patient communication
a. Pre-exam instructions
b. Explanation of mammographic procedure
c. ACS and ACR guidelines
d. Breast self-examination (BSE)
e. Clinical breast examination (CBE)
2. Patient assessment
a. Epidemiology of breast cancer
c. Risk factors
d. Signs and symptoms of breast cancer
e. Documentation of medical history
f. Gail Model risk assessment tool
3. Treatment options
a. Surgical options
b. Non-surgical options
d. Tumor staging
B. Instrumentation and quality assurance (Lab)
1. Design characteristics of mammography units
a. Techniques settings
b. Mammography tube
c. Compression devices
2. Acquisition and display
a. Digital systems (CR/DR/tomosynthesis)
b. Computer aided detection
C. Quality assurance and evaluation (Lab)
1. Accreditation and certification
3. Quality control
a. Technologist tests
b. Medical physicist test
c. Digital QC test
D. Anatomy and physiology (Lab)
1. External anatomy
2. Internal anatomy
4. Localization terminology
E. Pathology (Lab)
1. Imaging terminology
2. Bengin conditions
3. High risk conditions
4. Malignant conditions
F. Mammographic technique and image evaluation (Lab)
1. Technical factors
2. Image quality evaluation
G. Breast imaging procedures (Lec)
1. Mammographic positioning
a. Standard views
b. Additional views
c. Positioning techniques
H. Special patient situations (Lec)
1. Imaging options
3. Augmented breast
4. Post-operative patient
5. Breast specimen imaging
I. Interventional procedures (Lec)
a. Fine needle
b. Mass localization
c. Needle localization
A. Radiographic image anatomy identification
B. Equipment recognition
C. Quality assurance and quality control testing
D. Radiographic pathology identification
E. Mammographic technique and image evaluation
Special Facilities and/or Equipment
Method(s) of Evaluation
Directed readings assignments
Method(s) of Instruction
Representative Text(s) and Other Materials
Peart, Olive. Mammography and Breast Imaging Prep, 2nd ed.. 2018.
Peart, Olive. Lange Q & A: Mammography Examination, 4th ed.. 2018.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments
A. Weekly reading assignments from course syllabus and textbook, approximately 20-30 pages.
B. Directed readings throughout the quarter. Assignment requires the student to answer 25 questions based on the assigned readings. Four assignments are required during the quarter.