Knowledge of breast anatomy is critical to being a successful mammography technologist.   The ability to properly position and critique the images depends on the technologist’s knowledge of breast anatomy.

Positioning the breast is not an exact science and many times the technologist will have to be creative and modify positioning to accommodate the patient’s body habitus.

But one thing that we know for sure is that it is the mammography technologist’s knowledge of the breast – or lack thereof- that will determine her ability to achieve proper positioning.

This fantastic course will discuss gross breast anatomy and the physiological changes that occur as a woman ages.  The visualization of the varying appearances of breast tissue on the mammogram will be discussed as we take anatomy and physiology to a new level.  Remember: What the radiologist can see on the mammogram depends on how well the technologist does her job.  When it comes to finding early breast cancer which can be no bigger than the tip of a straight pin----Close Does Not Count!


At the conclusion of this study material the technologist will be able to:

  1. Recognize normal breast anatomy
  2. Discuss the difference between female  and male breast anatomy
  3. Describe the lymphatic system in the breast
  4. Describe the venous system in the breast
  5. Describe the physiological changes of the female breast
  6. Understand breast development and involution
  7. Describe the effects of hormones on the breast
  8. Understand the clock and quadrants of the breast
  9. Describe the progressive degeneration that occurs naturally with advancing age

Describe the gross anatomy of the breast