Course Details

Course Number: RADS 4753  Section Number: X20

Spring 2011

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: Online

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Course Attachments


Mammographic Imaging: a Practical Guide
  ISBN: 978-1-605

MSU Faculty Member
Sheree Phifer   
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Course Objectives

 Upon completion of this course of study the student will be able to:

  1. Identify risk factors for breast cancer.
  2. Describe breast disease signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options.
  3. Discuss the guidelines for mammography screening, breast self-examination, and clinical breast examination.
  4. Compare the risks to the benefits of mammography.
  5. Identify and discuss the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the breast.
  6. Explain mammographic technique needed to obtain quality breast images and resultant diagnosis.
  7. Describe basic positions/projections utilized to image the breast.
  8. Modify these positions/projections based upon patient and physician need.
  9. Discuss mammography image receptors. 
  10. Identify design characteristics of film-screen mammography units.
  11. Discuss the advantages of digital imaging mammography.
  12. Describe how a digital image is created and processed.
  13. Discuss quality assurance for full field digital mammography.
  14. Identify networking and hardware components for digital mammography imaging.
  15. Define terms used to manipulate the image for individual digital images.
  16. Discuss basic additional diagnostic procedures and breast cancer treatments.

Course Expectations


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Grading Standards











59 or less (or failure to complete all course assignments)

Final Exam5/2/2011  TBA

Submission Format Policy

Unit  Assignments are submitted through link on homepage.

All assignments submitted will have a cover page containing the students name, the instructors name, the course name, the assignment (be specific), and the date submitted. Assignments not having the cover page will be returned to the student.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

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