• Mammography Myths and Must-Knows

Unravel the intriguing history of mammography, tracing its origins from the first imaging of breast tissue to the groundbreaking introduction of compression and screens. Explore the statistical landscape of male breast cancer, uncovering vital insights into imaging techniques and considerations specific to male patients. We'll examine risk factors and genetic predispositions, empowering you to identify at-risk individuals and provide tailored care. Stay ahead of the curve with an exploration of the latest advancements in mammography technology. Discover the truth about 3D imaging and the critical role of compression in effective screenings. Separate fact from fiction as we debunk the myth that mammograms cause cancer, highlighting the statistical evidence that supports early detection as a life-saving tool.

But that's not all! Delve into the captivating realm of inflammatory breast cancer (IBC), a topic often shrouded in confusion. Gain a comprehensive understanding of IBC's characteristics, diagnosis, and prognosis. Explore various imaging modalities such as mammography, ultrasound, MRI, and FDG-PET, and unlock the secrets of their role in detecting and evaluating IBC. Led by expert Cristi Stegent, this course will invigorate your passion for mammography while enhancing your practical skills. Gain confidence in dealing with dense breast tissue, as we compare the benefits of mammography and ultrasound. Additionally, we address the critical issue of burnout among mammographers and share effective techniques to maintain your passion and dedication.


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Course Topics:

  1. MythBusters of Mammography  
    1. Myth # 1 - “A Man Invented this Machine” 
      • Brief history of mammography 
      • First imaging of breast tissue 
      • Introduction of Compression in mammography 
      • Use of screens in mammography 
      • First dedicated mammo unit 
    2. Myth # 2 - “If a man had to do this, they would find a better way” 
      • Statistics of male breast imaging 
      • Gynocomastia 
      • Male breast cancer 
      • Male imaging film review 
    3. Myth # 3 - “I don’t have a family history, so I don’t need a mammogram” 
      • Risk Factors 
      • Genetic dispositions 
      • Stats 
    4. Myth # 4 - “I heard there is no compression with the new 3D” 
      • New advancements in 3D images 
      • The need for compression 
    5. Myth # 5 - “Mammograms cause cancer” 
      • Statistics of early detection 
      • Recommendations for annual mammograms 
    6. Myth # 6 - “Mammograms will cause my implants to rupture” 
      • Safety techniques in positioning implants 
      • Advancement in the construction of implants 
      • Film review of implants 
    7. Myth # 7 - “A mammogram will cause my breast to sag” 
      • Involution and the natural breakdown of breast tissue 
    8. Myth # 8 - “I have dense breast tissue. I should just have an Ultrasound” 
      • Mammography versus Ultrasound 
      • Benefits of mammography 
      • Benefits of Ultrasound 
    9. Myth # 9 - “You must have such an easy job!” 
      • Mammographer burn out 
      • Techniques to stay passionate about mammography 
    10. Myth #10 - Interesting Images 
  2. Inflammatory Breast Cancer  
    1. Breast Cancer 
      • Statistics 
      • Benign vs Malignant 
    2. Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) 
      • Statistics 
      • Characteristics 
      • Diagnosis 
      • Prognosis 
    3. Lymphatic System 
      • Normal function 
      • Lymphatic drainage with IBC 
    4. Physical Indications 
      • Classics signs 
      • Peau d’Orange 
    5. Breast Imaging of IBC 
      • Mammography 
      • Ultrasound 
      • MRI 
      • FDG-PET 
    6. Genetic Dispositions 
    7. Inflammatory Versus Mastitis 
    8. Film Review 



  • Reveal the truths and misconceptions of mammography and breast related topics   
  • Discover the history of mammography, the introduction of compression and use of screens in mammography  
  • State statistics of male breast cancer and how we utilize breast imaging for males  
  • Define risk factors and genetic dispositions of breast cancer  
  • Examine new advancements in mammography technology.   
  • Understand and appreciate the value of FNA and core biopsy in sampling the regional lymph nodes. 
  • Review the advantages and disadvantages of axillary lymph node dissection and sentinel lymph node biopsy. 
  • Understand the different aspects of inflammatory breast cancer 
  • Compare mastitis and inflammatory breast cancer and understand the similarities and differences. 

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This program provides AHRA Category A continuing education credit for radiologic technologists recognized by the ARRT and various licensure states. You must attend the entire program to receive your certificate of completion.

This live, instructor-directed course meets the Texas Medical Board requirements for all registered Medical Radiologic Technologists. Please refer to the TMB website for more information.
Cristi Stegent BSRS, RT(R)(M)

Cristi Stegent has been a mammographer for over twenty years. She began her career in mammography at MD Anderson Cancer Center in 1998. She has experience in QC, as a lead mammographer, with accreditation, biopsies and needle localizations and DEXA. Crristi is presently a Mammographer at Kelsey Seybold Clinic in Kingwood. She received her radiography training at Houston Community College and her mammography initial training through AHEC.

Mammography Myths and Must-Knows

  • Course ID: Mammo-Myths-and-Must-Knows-613-125
  • Event Location: Online Course
  • Credit: 3 Category A Credits Direct
  • Date: 07/15/2024
  • Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Instructor: Cristi Stegent BSRS, RT(R)(M)
  • $49.95
  • $23.85