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:  

  • 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.
  • Critically appraise mammograms in order to identify abnormal mammographic features.
  • Appraise the likelihood of the abnormality to be a significant lesion that requires further investigation.
  • Identify mammograms with the following appearances that require further assessment:- a) calcification b) round masses c) irregular masses d) localised asymmetry and distortion.
  • Evaluate student's own specific contribution as a mammographic image reader to the breast care service.

Who is the module for:  

Registered healthcare professionals practising within the breast care field with at least two years' full-time clinical experience and a degree/diploma in a relevant healthcare profession. We welcome applications from Radiographers, Radiologists, Breast Clinicians and Associate Physicians.

Module code:   RA7009

Entry criteria:  

Registration as a healthcare professional and a degree/diploma in a relevant healthcare profession. At least two years' full time clinical experience within the breast care field.

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:   Course Length: 9 months with 4 teaching days over 1 week plus self-directed study and a secondment visit.

Module dates*

  • Tuesday 14 January 2020

*Dates may change

Fee:   £1690

Module leader:  


Please Email Postgraduate Radiography , Who will be happy to help you with any queries.

Interpretation and reporting in mammography