Digital Mammography Positioning Tips and Body Mechanics (Mail)

Digital Mammography Positioning Tips and Body Mechanics (Mail)
Course ID: DigMamPosTips-1182-m
Credit: 1 Hour Category A
Instructor : Susan Sprinkle-Vincent , AAS, RT(R)(M)
Price: $19.95
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**This CE activity is a video presentation on USB Flash Drive and post test with multiple choice questions.   

Proper positioning is critical for breast cancer detection, and technologists should be aware of the differences when transitioning from positioning on a film screen image receptor to a full field digital detector. With film screen you had two size image receptors which allowed you to position according to breast size. The digital detectors of today, although they offer two field of views, can be deceptive and most are thicker than a traditional bucky making it even more challenging to optimize positioning. Bottom line: film screen or digital image receptor, the technologist must follow the proper standards for positioning and compression in order to achieve optimal imaging.

This course covers tips for positioning in digital mammography including information on proper body mechanics for mammography technologists. You will benefit from this presentation that will inspire you to always do the best you can! 

**$15 processing fee if AHEC prints the home study material

Course Topics:

  • Positioning routine views
  • Positioning on digital detectors
  • Caveats of positioning on digital detectors
  • Shifting paddles for the MLO views
  • Steps for optimal positioning
  • Body Mechanics in Mammography Positioning
  • Champion Mammographer

Approval Expirations:

All Home study 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:

  • We are going green! All mail home studies are now sent out on USB/Flash drives that you will need to plug into a computer.
  • All needed course materials, posttests, and answer sheets are available on the USB/Flash drive. For further instructions, please open the “Cover Page and Copyright” PDF in the folder for the specific home study.
  • If you purchased multiple home studies you may receive all materials on one USB/Flash drive, or multiple in the same mailing package.
  • Print the answer sheet page, fill in your answers and you can fax it back to us at 713.772.0155 or mail it back to AHEC, 8502 Tybor Drive, Houston, TX 77074.
  • Passing grade is 75% or higher. AHEC will notify you only if you do not pass the test. You have three chances to take the test and receive a 75% or higher.
  • The grading process takes 1-2 business days and the USB is yours to keep.

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Approval expiration date is 11/30/18
Susan Sprinkle-Vincent , AAS, RT(R)(M)

Susan Sprinkle-Vincent, AAS, RT(R)(M), Director of Mammography Services/Consultant, has 38 years of experience in performing and teaching others the skills of mammography. She has been an instructor associated with the continuing education program cosponsored by the National Cancer Institute and American College of Radiology and the American Cancer Society. Susan's years of experience range from the Supervisor of Mammography Services at The Methodist Hospital and Project Director of Mammography at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She joined the AHEC team full time in the fall of 2000 to expand the mammography educational service and build a new division to assist AHEC's clients with mammography consulting services. Susan is widely known for her expertise in the clinical aspects of mammography and her technical skills. She will continue to actively teach technologists, residents and physicians the finer details of this highly technical field. Susan is enjoying another amazing experience at AHEC.