Interpretation and Reporting in Mammography


Interpretation and Reporting in Mammography

This module is designed around an attendance of one week to provide the foundation for understanding and relating all of the key processes involved in ‘reading’ breast images followed by nine months of learning in a professional environment within healthcare.

This module is designed for healthcare professionals, such as breast clinicians or radiographers who wish to perform as advanced practitioners.

It is related to the image interpretation of screening mammograms, detecting and identifying any abnormalities, classifying those possible abnormalities, and then making a decision on the likely probabilities whether to recall the woman for further clinical assessment, with all the associated patient anxieties.

The module assessment components consist of evaluating clinical skills, self analysis, and academic skills of essay writing on an associated topic.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Identify and evaluate typical radiological appearances of normal breast anatomical structures and normal pattern variations, and then demonstrate their ability to practice in-depth mammographic feature interpretation.
  2. Critically appraise mammograms in order to identify abnormal mammographic features.
  3. Appraise the likelihood of the abnormality to be a significant lesion that requires further investigation.
  4. Identify mammograms with the following appearances that require further assessment:- a) calcification b) round masses c) irregular masses d) localised asymmetry and distortion.
  5. Evaluate student’s own specific contribution as a mammographic image reader to the breast care service.

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: RA7009

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

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

Assessment: Objective structured practical examination (OSPE), essay and reflective summary.

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

Pattern of Delivery: 5 teaching days over 1 week plus self-directed study

Module dates:*

  • 15 January 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