Things You Will Learn In Mammography Continuing Education Courses
For you to grow in your career as a radiologist, you should consider taking mammography continuing education courses. 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.
You will learn digital mammography or full-field digital mammography (FFDM) as some may call it. You will be trained to operate a computer-aided detection (CAD) system and a mammography system. The solid-state detectors in the mammography system convert X-rays on the X-ray film into electrical signals. 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 be equipped with the skills of evaluating a digital mammogram and conventional mammogram for you to make the correct interpretation of the health condition 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 make better interpretation and trusted diagnosis from the digital mammogram because the dense breast tissues, small tumors and more can be clearly visualized.
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.
The course teaches more about the basics of MRI and ultrasound and in-depth knowledge such as 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 patient should not be exposed to toxic UV rays and other rays of radiation because that increases the risk of the patient contracting cancer or if they have cancer it will worsen. The patient should undergo pregnancy testing before breast imaging tests are conducted to keep the mother and the unborn safe. The patient should be given a quality standard of care and protected from malpractice risks.