Mammography Student Learning Outcomes

Diagnostic Medical Imaging Radiography – Mammography Program graduates will:

  • Demonstrate patient care skills.
  • Practice universal precautions and radiation safety.
  • Understand the American Cancer Society (ACS) guidelines for screening mammography, patient dosage, and the possibility for additional projections and/or other breast imaging procedures with the patient.
  • Document patient clinical history relevant to the performance and interpretation of the mammography exam.
  • Perform screening and/or diagnostic mammograms on both full field digital and digital breast tomosynthesis (3D) mammography equipment.
  • Perform mammograms by positioning the patient and equipment according to department protocol or requisition.
  • Select equipment appropriate to the patient and the examination to be performed.
  • Select and record exposure factors based upon breast tissue density, patient's age, numerical compression scale and equipment characteristics.
  • Evaluate images for diagnostic quality.
  • Perform quality assurance tests required by the ACR for all digital mammography equipment.
  • Observe, assist with or participate in specialty exams (augmented breasts/interventional/special procedures)
  • Review mammography exams with a radiologist.
  • Identify and label the anatomical structures of the breast.
  • Compare breast anatomical structures to mammographic anatomical structures.
  • Identify and label breast anatomical structures on a mammographic image
  • Describe breast augmentation and identify the types of breast implants, the common implant locations, and the anatomical changes to the augmented breast.
  • Describe the anomalies of development that can occur in the breast.
  • Recognize clinical breast changes.
  • List the physical changes of the breast related to pathology.
  • List the mammographic changes of the breast related to pathology and identify the common mammographic appearance of breast pathology.
  • Define treatment options for breast cancer.