Criteria For Mammographic Clinical Image Assessment (online)

Criteria For Mammographic Clinical Image Assessment (online)
Course ID: homestudy-3327
Credit: 3 Hours Category 1™
Instructor : Deborah Thames , RT(R)(M)(QM)
Expiration Date: 12-31-2020
Price: $595.00
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**The link to this online CE activity will be delivered via email. Access the online link for reading material, take the post test (at your convenience), and receive certificate online immediately after successful completion of test.

Criteria For Mammographic Clinical Image Assessment

Mammography Image Quality Review for Physicians

Are you searching for the secret to passing the ACR image review?  You are not alone!  Our expert mammography consultants understand the current inspection trends for physician requirements for image quality, and share their expertise with you.  In this course, you will review the eight ACR clinical image evaluation criteria for mammograms in addition to technical factors with clinical image review.  You'll learn valuable skills to aid you in effectively communicating quality needs with your mammography technologist(s).  Your administrative responsibilities for accreditation will be clearly defined, as well as radiation safety optimization and EQUIP initiatives.  

Course Outline:

I.  ACR Criteria/Standards for Positioning Routine Mammograms

A. Mediolateral Oblique (MLO)

B. Assessment of the MLO image by means of posterior nipple line and inframammary fold

C. Clinical image evaluation using MLO positioning criteria

D. Evaluation of adequate compression on MLO images

E. Cranio-caudal (CC)

F.  Assessment of CC images by means of pectoral muscle and posterior medial breast

G. Clinical image evaluation using CC positioning criteria

H.  Evaluation of adequate compression on CC images

II. Technical Aspects with Clinical Image Examples

A. Exposure

B. Contrast

C. Sharpness

D. Noise

E. Artifacts

III. Administrative Concerns

A. Labeling of Images

B. Facility Identification on Reports

IV. Radiation Safety Concerns in Mammography

A. Optimizing Safety Concerns in Mammography

V.  EQUIP Initiative in Mammography

A. Implementing quality processes for feedback and improvement

Objectives:

At the completion of this course, the learner should be able to:

1.       List the eight ACR clinical image evaluation criteria for mammography

2.       Identify the most common positioning deficiencies and how to communicate the need for additional imaging to the mammography technologist

3.       Discuss how to optimize radiation safety in mammography

4.       Explain how implementing EQUIP initiatives can improve mammography qualiity

Expert Faculty:

Deborah Thames, RT(R)(M)(QM)

Mammography Specialist

MD Anderson Cancer Center

Mammography Faculty/Consultant

Advanced Health Education Center, Ltd.

Houston, Texas

 

Peggy Hoosier, M.Ed., RT(R)(M)
Chief Operating Officer

Mammography Accreditation Specialist

Advanced Health Education Center, Ltd.

Houston, Texas

Approval Expirations:

All Home study/Enduring Material approvals have an expiration date.  Some of our home studies are approved for one year others for two years.  Whether a home study is renewed at the end of its expiration date is determined by the materials content and relevancy.  AHEC recommends if you plan to purchase a home study to complete at a later date that you contact us to confirm the expiration date.

AHEC Home Study Guidelines:

  • Link to this online CE activity will be delivered via email.
  • You can also access your purchased home studies by clicking the “My Home Study” link on the AHEC Store (https://store.aheconline.com/).
  • Login for course material, take the post test (at your convenience), and receive certificate online immediately after successful completion of test.
  • Login information is the same email and password used to purchase products from AHEC’s Store online.
  • A passing grade is 70% or higher – the program will notify you if you have not passed with a 70% or higher and you have three chances to pass.
  • To access/print your certificate you will need to click the title of the course under the “Certificate of Completion” section below the course material and “Take Test” section.

AHEC Refund Policy

Customers wishing to return unwanted online course materials once accessed will be given a tuition credit. No refunds are issued.

Minimum system requirements for online and video based home study:

Windows XP or higher

Macintosh

One gigabyte (GB) of RAM

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The Advanced Health Education Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Advanced Health Education Center designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3 hours AMA PRA Category 1™. Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Deborah Thames , RT(R)(M)(QM)

Deborah is a mammography technologist at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, where she is responsible for screening and diagnostic mammography, stereotactic core biopsies, and digital mammography. In addition to working on the Mobile Transit Mammography Unit, she excels at routine and fluoroscopic diagnostic procedures in diagnostic radiology. Deborah received her radiologic technologist certification from Stephen W. Brown School of Radiology in Augusta, Georgia.