Ultrasound of the Breast


Ultrasound of the Breast

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 breast diagnosis. This is then followed by 6 months of learning in a professional environment within healthcare.

The module is designed to provide the academic and clinical components to enable students to fulfil their role in reviewing current application and uses of ultrasound to detect and evaluate breast abnormalities and then to interpret and report on findings. It will facilitate the participants’ decision making skills based on a broad appreciation of the equipment available and scanning techniques that underpin the diagnosis of breast abnormalities. The module also focuses on the necessary physical processes underlying safe ultrasound practice.

Learning outcomes:

On completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Analyse, appraise and apply methods and techniques of ultrasound scanning to competently examine the breast.
  2. Identify artefacts and to distinguish between solid and cystic, benign and malignant breast lesions through the evaluation of the following ultrasound features: shape and orientation, definition of margins, echogenicity, homogeneity of echo pattern, posterior acoustic pattern, effect on surrounding tissue.
  3. Critically reflect on and evaluate the accuracy/effectiveness of the written report and interpretation of the ultrasound findings within the triple assessment outcomes.

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: RA7016

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: Log book and objective structured clinical examination (OSCE)

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:*

  • 5 March 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