Advanced Principles and Practice of Breast Interventional Technique


Advanced Principles and Practice of Breast Interventional Technique

This module is designed around attendance of 2-3 days to provide the foundation for both the academic and clinical components of a variety of breast interventions, either using either x-ray or ultrasound guidance. It is then followed by 12 months of learning in a professional environment within healthcare.

This is a very student centered module in that each student designs their own learning outcomes, in addition to those given in the module descriptor. This enables them to personalise the outcome to their scope(s) of practice of interventional methods, within the breast screening unit or imaging department.

Learning outcomes:

  • Make a judgment as to which clinical situations are beyond the students own ability or role and which may need more specialized  intervention.
  • Independently and competently perform those interventional techniques which contribute to establishing the significance of underlying pathology, abnormal clinical or imaging findings, according to work place protocols appropriate to intended scope of  practice.
  • Critically evaluate, reflect on and audit the outcome of the procedures undertaken and relate results gained to imaging and clinical findings, plus the academic evidence base.
  • Appraise the range of interventional procedures according to current research, which should include fine needle aspiration cytology, core biopsy using stereotaxis, ultrasound guided fine needle aspirations and core biopsies, use of vacuum assisted biopsy, guided localisation using X-Ray or ultrasound prior to surgical biopsy and any other new methodologies being developed or undergoing clinical trials if appropriate.
  • Independently design learning outcomes and protocols relating to individual learning needs, intended scope of practice and employing Trust requirements.

Who is the module for? Diagnostic radiographers and registered healthcare practitioners practising within the breast care field with at least two years’ full-time clinical experience and a degree/diploma or equivalent in radiography.

Module code: RA7002

Entry criteria:

  • Degree/diploma or equivalent in radiography for Medical Imaging pathway or a professional healthcare qualification for the Breast Evaluation pathway
  • Minimum two years’ full-time clinical experience
  • Access to clinical practice and processes is required
  • Confirmation of mentoring support from appropriate personnel at the workplace for those modules that contain a clinical element

Pre-requisites: Students must have completed the postgraduate module Ultrasound of the Breast or equivalent for ultrasound guidance techniques.

Number of credits and level of study: 30 credits at level 7

Assessment: Clinical log book, portfolio and objective structured clinical examination (OSCE)

Location: Jarvis National Breast Screening Training Centre, Guildford, Surrey GU1 1LJ

Pattern of Delivery: 3 teaching days over 1 week plus self-directed study

Module dates:*

  • 12, 13, 14 June 2017
  • 2 July 2018

*Dates may change

Fee: £1,600

Programme: This module is part of Breast Evaluation PgCert/PgDip/MSc and Medical Imaging (Mammography) PgCert/PgDip/MSc