Professional Practice in Mammography 1


Professional Practice in Mammography 1

This is a core module in the MSc in Medical Imaging (Mammography) and must be taken with Professional Practice in Mammography 2 which runs concurrently.

The module introduces students to the basic knowledge and skills in mammography to enable them to develop professional clinical competencies. The module will also develop critical evaluation of the basic mammographic technique in the clinical environment.

Core factual material is provided via the keynote lectures during attendance of the identified academic week.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Competently and safely perform routine mammographic examinations to the standard necessary to optimise diagnostic accuracy.
  2. Critically evaluate mammographic technique and diagnostic quality of images and make recommendations to improve practice.
  3. Make informed critical judgements with regard to the operation of the x-ray imaging equipment and local established mammographic quality control practices.
  4. Make critically informed judgements on aspects of the quality of care delivered by different professional groups working in local breast care services from the perspective of the women requesting or requiring the service.
  5. Review, reflect and report on the experiences of women who access breast care services and make recommendations as to an appropriate course of action to improve poor practice or to disseminate good practice.

Who is the module for? Radiographers with at least two years’ full-time clinical experience and a degree/diploma or equivalent in radiography.

Module code: RA7013

Entry criteria:

  • Degree/diploma or equivalent in radiography for Medical Imaging pathway or a professional healthcare qualification for the Breast Evaluation pathway
  • Ideally a minimum two years’ full-time clinical experience but applicants with less clinical can be considered
  • 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
  • This module must be taken together with the postgraduate module Professional Practice in Mammography 2

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

Assessment: Essay, objective structured practical examination (OSPE) and reflective log book.

Location: The Rose Centre, St George’s Hospital, Cranmer Terrace, SW17 0RE

Pattern of Delivery: 2 and 1/2 teaching days (as part of co-requisite module) over 1 week plus self-directed study

Module dates:*

*Dates may change

Fee: £3,200 (this fee includes the Professional Practice in Mammography 2 module fee which is taken with Professional Practice in Mammography 1)

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