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:  

  • Analyse, appraise and apply methods and techniques of ultrasound scanning to competently examine the breast.
  • 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.
  • 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:  

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

Module code:   RA7016

Entry criteria:  

Registration as a healthcare professional with a degree/diploma in a relevant healthcare profession and at least two years' full-time clinical experience.

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:   Course length: up to 4 teaching days over 1 week, blended online learning and plus self-directed study.

Module dates*

  • Tuesday 3 March 2020

*Dates may change

Fee:   £1690

Module leader:  


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

Ultrasound of the breast