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Things You Will Learn In Mammography Continuing Education Courses

Mammography continuing education courses will help you to advance in your radiologist career. Most countries allow people who have an A in ARRT Category or A+ credits. These are some of the things that are taught in mammography continuing education courses.

You will learn digital mammography or full-field digital mammography (FFDM) as some may call it. By the time you are done with this topic, you will have undergone enough practice, and you will be skilled enough to operate a mammography system and a computer-aided detection (CAD) system. The solid-state detectors in the mammography system convert X-rays on the X-ray film into electrical signals. The solid-state detectors of the mammography system are similar to those of the digital cameras. The images of the breast are printed by the electrical signals on a special film that is similar to conventional mammograms, or they are seen on a computer screen. You will learn how to evaluate the images from the digital mammogram and conventional mammogram before you make an interpretation on the state of the health of the breast. Digital mammograms are used by most of the modern hospitals because they allow modification of resolution and contrast to make the images more clear. The experts can observe the dense breast tissues, small tumors and so on more clearly on a digital mammogram so that they can make clear interpretation and trustworthy diagnosis.

You will learn ways in which CAD systems search for abnormal areas of mass, density, or calcification in the breast to find out the presence of cancer viruses. The system highlights the areas on the images that may be under attack by cancer to alert the radiologist to conduct more analysis on those areas.

The course teaches more about the basics of MRI and ultrasound and in-depth knowledge such as the protocol for using the systems, abnormal indications in the breast on both systems and how to interpretations for breast cancer using both systems. The doctors require that a specific method to be used on the patient’s breast because of their different strengths and limitations even though MRI and ultrasound do the same task.

There are legal and ethical issues that professionals should uphold during breast imaging that you will learn in this course. The results that you get from breast imaging the patient should be handled carefully by you to ensure that they are not disclosed to unauthorized people. The patient should not be exposed to toxic UV rays and other rays of radiation because that increases the risk of the patient contracting cancer or if they have cancer it will worsen. You should find out whether the patient is pregnant or not through a pregnancy test before carrying out the breast imaging test because the tests can risk the pregnancy and the health of the mother. The topic teaches how to handle patients with care and protect them from malpractice risks.

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