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  • Release Date: 3/28/2019
  • Expiration Date: 3/28/2022
  • Credit Hours: 1 Credit
  • Course Description and objectives:

    Imaging Benign Breast Diseases: The Role of Sonography and Mammography

    by Steven Marks

    Course Description
    Benign breast diseases (BBD) are a common and heterogeneous collection of conditions seen in women who present with palpable breast abnormalities. Most BBD, which includes simple and complex cysts, solid masses, and other nonproliferative and proliferative disorders, are identified on screening and diagnostic imaging and confirmed on histologic analysis. Targeted sonography and diagnostic mammography are the 2 most common imaging modalities currently in use with the appropriate choice of approach determined by the woman's age, demographics, breast anatomy, clinical examination, and biopsy findings. A substantial body of evidence has shown that when used as indicated, sonography and mammography are highly sensitive and specific means to evaluate palpable breast masses, triage patients for subsequent clinical management and imaging evaluations, and justify postimaging tissue biopsy. In so doing, the 2 approaches can safely and cost-effectively establish a prompt positive diagnosis for those women with breast cancer, while bringing peace of mind to the majority of women with BBD.

    Learning Objectives

    • EXPLAIN the evidence-based role of mammography and sonography for women with palpable breast abnormalities/benign breast diseases (BBD).
    • COMPARE the recommended guidelines for use of each technology in screening and diagnosis.
    • IDENTIFY the most common types of BBD, their classification (BI-RADS and histologic), and the role of primary and follow-up imaging in the diagnostic process.

     Categories: Mammography, ultrasound/sonography

  • CE Information:

    In order to receive CE credit, you must first complete the activity content. When completed, go to the "Take CE Test!" link to access the post-test.

    Submit the completed answers to determine if you have passed the post-test assessment. You must answer 6 out of 8 questions correctly to receive the CE credit. You will have no more than 3 attempts to successfully complete the post-test.

    Participants successfully completing the activity content and passing the post-test will receive 1.0 ARRT Category A credits.

    Approved by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists for ARRT Category A credit.

    Approved by the state of Florida for ARRT Category A credit.

    Texas direct credit.

    This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ARRT does not allow CE activities such as Internet courses, home study programs, or directed readings to be repeated for CE credit in the same biennium.


Imaging Benign Breast Diseases: The Role of Sonography and Mammography

Steven Marks

*President, MedCom Consultants, Inc, Potomac MD

Address correspondence to: Steven Marks, MedCom Consultants Inc, 1311 Fallsmead Way, Potomac MD 20854. Email: steven.marks52@gmail.com

Disclosure statement: Steven Marks reports having no financial or advisory relationship with any corporate, medical, or political organization doing work related to this paper or other business activity at MedCom Consultants, Inc.

ABSTRACT

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enign breast diseases (BBDs) are a common and heterogeneous collection of conditions seen in women who present with palpable breast abnormalities. Most BBDs, which includes simple and complex cysts, solid masses, and other nonproliferative and proliferative disorders, are identified on screening and diagnostic imaging and confirmed on histologic analysis. Targeted sonography and diagnostic mammography are the 2 most common imaging modalities currently in use with the appropriate choice of approach determined by the woman's age, demographics, breast anatomy, clinical examination, and biopsy findings. A substantial body of evidence has shown that when used as indicated, sonography and mammography are highly sensitive and specific means to evaluate palpable breast masses, triage patients for subsequent clinical management and imaging evaluations, and justify postimaging tissue biopsy. In so doing, the 2 approaches can safely and cost-effectively establish a prompt positive diagnosis for those women with breast cancer, while bringing peace of mind to the majority of women with BBDs.

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