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  • Approval: This course is approved by ASRT - an approved continuing education provider of ARRT.
  • Release Date: 10/15/2019
  • Expiration Date: 11/1/2022
  • Credit Hours: 1.25 Credits
  • Course Description and objectives:

    Course Description
    Breast cancer is the most common malignancy in women today and if detected early, patients usually have a positive prognosis. Routine breast cancer screening is the most effective method of detecting breast cancer early. The technologist's ability to perform and correct standard screening mammography views has a direct impact on the radiologist's ability to interpret the study. Today, poor patient positioning is the main reason for deficient mammography images and mammography accreditation failures. No amount of technological development can overcome inadequate mammography views where breast tissue is excluded. Numerous factors can influence the quality of mammography images and many are controlled by the technologist performing the examination. This article will focus on the positioning criteria that are essential to the perform screening mammography and will provide practical ideas about how to correct many of the common problems that arise during a screening study. It will also address the significance of the Enhancing Quality Using the Inspection Program (EQUIP) initiative and how facility participation can improve image quality of the clinic as a whole.

     

    Learning Objectives
    After reading this article, the participant should be able to:

    • EXPLAIN how poor mammography positioning influences the effectiveness of screening mammography.
    • IDENTIFY a technique to ensure that the pectoralis muscle is adequately visualized on the mediolateral mammographic view.
    • Define the EQUIP initiative and the steps a mammography department can take to improve the quality of screening mammography images.
    • RECALL the importance of the nipple not being in profile on screening mammography views and when the image should be repeated.

     Categories: Mammography, Quality Management, Professional Development/Patient Care Quality

  • 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  8 out of 10 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 1.25 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.


Improving Mammography Positioning: Common Errors and Overcoming Challenges

Marlene Johnson, MEd, RT(R)

*Medical Continuing Education Author, (retired) Education Director - Department of Radiology, University of Utah Health, SLC Utah; Retired Associate Professor, Radiology Program, Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Address correspondence to: Marlene Johnson, MEd,RT(R)*; E-mail: MJ2216@me.com.

Disclosure Statement: Ms Johnson reports having no financial or advisory relationships with corporate organizations related to this activity.

ABSTRACT

Breast cancer is the most common malignancy in women today and if detected early, patients usually have a positive prognosis. Routine breast cancer screening is the most effective method of detecting breast cancer early. The technologist's ability to perform and correct standard screening mammography views has a direct impact on the radiologist's ability to interpret the study. Today, poor patient positioning is the main reason for deficient mammography images and mammography accreditation failures. No amount of technological development can overcome inadequate mammography views where breast tissue is excluded. Numerous factors can influence the quality of mammography images and many are controlled by the technologist performing the examination. This article will focus on the positioning criteria that are essential to the perform screening mammography and will provide practical ideas about how to correct many of the common problems that arise during a screening study. It will also address the significance of the Enhancing Quality Using the Inspection Program (EQUIP) initiative and how facility participation can improve image quality of the clinic as a whole.

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