What to Expect to Learn In Mammography Continuing Education Courses
Mammography continuing education courses will help you to advance in your radiologist career. You are allowed to take mammography continuing education courses if you hold an A in ARRT Category or A+ credits. Here are some of the things that mammography continuing education courses teach, but there are many more.
Learners are taught in-depth about full-field digital mammography (FFDM) or also called digital mammography. By the time you are done with this topic, you will have undergone enough practice, and you will be skilled enough to operate a mammography system and a computer-aided detection (CAD) system. You place the X-ray film into the mammography system where the X-rays will be converted into electrical signals by the solid-state detectors that are in the system. The mammography system and the digital cameras have similar solid-state detectors. The images of the breast are printed by the electrical signals on a special film that is similar to conventional mammograms, or they are seen on a computer screen. You will learn how to evaluate the images from the digital mammogram and conventional mammogram before you make an interpretation on the state of the health of the breast. Most advanced hospitals are using digital mammogram because the digital image that can be manipulated to improve resolution and contrast for more a clear image. The experts can observe the dense breast tissues, small tumors and so on more clearly on a digital mammogram so that they can make clear interpretation and trustworthy diagnosis.
The topic will teach you how the CAD systems detect cancer when they search for abnormal areas of mass, density, or calcification that show cancer is present in the breast. The radiologist is able to carry out a thorough analysis because the CAD systems secluded areas on the breast image and alert the expert to give the areas more attention.
You will be taught the basics on MRI and ultrasound and detailed information like the protocol for using the systems, abnormal indications in the breast on both systems and how to interpretations for breast cancer using both systems. Although MRI and ultrasound are both used to evaluate the health condition of the breast, the doctor may instruct you to use a specific one because their advantages and disadvantages differ.
There are legal and ethical issues that professionals should uphold during breast imaging that you will learn in this course. You should keep the results of the patient’s breast imaging tests private and confidential. The toxic UV rays and other rays of radiation should not come into contact with the patient because the patient who has cancer will get worse and the one who does not have it risks the disease. You should request a pregnancy test on the patient before taking the patient through the breast imaging test to take care of the baby and the mother. The patient should be given a quality standard of care and protected from malpractice risks.