The understanding of breast anatomy, physiology and pathology is imperative to being a successful mammographer.  The ability to recognize pathology on the mammogram will enhance perfection.  This course will discuss the mammographic appearance of benign and malignant lesions.  Classifying calcifications for diagnosis is critical and the mammography technologist must have the ability to recognize what may be the only sign of breast cancer on the mammogram.  Staging and treatment will round out this comprehensive look at pathology for the mammographer. 

Course Topics:

  • Benign vs malignant masses
  • Classifying calcifications
  • In-situ vs invasive breast cancer
  • Ductal vs lobular carcinoma
  • Invasive breast cancers
  • Primary and secondary signs of breast cancer
  • Breast cancer in young women
  • Breast cancer statistics
  • Breast cancer treatment
  • Breast cancer staging
  • BRCA1 and BRCA2
  • Breast cancer prognosis