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2018/19 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ARCS5259M Mammography Technique

30 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Imelda Marshall

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

Pre-requisite qualifications

See programme entry criteria


ARCS5257MScience and Technology of Mammography
ARCS5258MProfessional Issues in Diagnostic Imaging

Module replaces

Mammography Technique (HECS5259M)

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module develops understanding of the use of mammography in the investigation of breast disease, equips students with the underpinning knowledge and allows them to apply this whilst developing competence to perform the full range of mammography techniques required in screening, symptomatic and surveillance settings. This module also allows the student to apply theoretical knowledge to that gained in the co-requisite modules.


To provide the student with a sophisticated understanding of the current and evolving role of mammographic imaging in breast disease and an in depth specialist knowledge whilst they develop mastery in the performance of appropriate mammographic examinations to high technical and patient / client care standards in a variety of clinical settings.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:
- critically evaluate the principles of mammographic imaging and apply them to the investigation of individuals at risk of, or with suspected, breast disease;
- demonstrate an in-depth specialist knowledge and a critical understanding of appropriate preparation and positioning of equipment, individuals and tissue specimens for mammographic imaging;
- demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the preparation and positioning of equipment and individuals for mammography guided interventional techniques;
- critically reflect on their to performance of mammography examinations and make judgements about how this can be adapted to optimise image quality, minimise radiation dose and meet the needs of individual service users and carers;
- demonstrate a critical understanding of risks to healthcare personnel & service users during mammography examinations;
- critically evaluate the relative benefits of X-ray mammography against alternative / emerging diagnostic techniques;
- critically reflect on the experience of mammography service users / carers.

Skills outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to
- Critically appraise an individual’s clinical need for appropriate examination and select an appropriate technique
- Acquire, interpret and report appropriate examinations competently
- Critically evaluate clinical and other relevant information to determine when additional examinations / procedures are required
- Critically evaluate examinations for technical and diagnostic quality
- Assess and respond to an individual’s physical and psychological care needs during the examination.


- Safe and competent selection, preparation and use of standard and specialist mammography and associated image recording equipment and accessories to include: paddles, stereotaxis attachments; sample and specimen radiography – Faxitron
- Justification, safe and competent performance of mammographic examinations standard views (MLO/CC); supplementary views (lateral, magnification, coned compression, extended); stereotactic views (erect and prone); adapted technique – implants - Eklund views, men, disabled clients; screening, assessment, symptomatic and surveillance settings; stereotactic biopsy and localisation assistance; VAB’s, sample and specimen radiograndphy.
- Evaluation of Mammographic images and appearances - technical grading of diagnostic quality of images (PGMI/GDU); introduction to normal and abnormal appearances, image interpretation and CAD principles
- Interpersonal and communication skills
- Effective communication and care of diverse range of users and carers in variety of settings - screening, assessment and symptomatic; male clients, health promotion.
- Personal and client safety and risk management
- Ergonomics. Infection control
- Awareness of emerging techniques e.g. tomosynthesis, CESM, comparison US, MRI, thermal imaging principles

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Clinical Practice1500.00150.00
Private study hours100.00
Total Contact hours200.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Private study to include: e-learning; literature searches, seminar and assessment preparation, independent supporting investigation & critical evaluation of patient-based case report for summative assessment; maintenance of clinical learning record. Clinical simulation.
Clinical practice: 150 notional academic hours is at a ratio of 2:1, 300 real hours of supervised clinical practice are required.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students and their clinical mentors are encouraged to use the formative clinical and academic assessment process regularly throughout the module to develop self-assessment skills and to generate formative feedback identifying student progress and where additional learning and skill development is required.
Peer and tutor feedback also given in case study discussions, assessment preparation seminars/quizzes and tutor feedback on draft assignments.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report1 x 2500 word case report100.00
Practical1) Clinical Logbook of 250 exams (to include a wide variety of asymptomatic, symptomatic and non-standard technique – 200 of which must be bilateral) with performance audit PGMI/GDU. (Pass/Fail)0.00
Practical2) Summative clinical assessment (Pass/Fail)0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Those students in possession of the College of Radiographers’ Certificate of Competence in Mammography will be exempt from the clinical logbook. Performance audit threshold standard aligned to NHSBSP guidance.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 19/09/2019


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