Mammography, Bone Densitometry, and Quality Control

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What you'll learn

Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of mortality in women and is the most common cancer among women. Breast cancer incidence has increased from 30 % in the 1970s to 40% in the 1990s in most countries. This includes women aged 50 years and older, but the scenario has changed, which is including younger women.


Mammography is a diagnostic tool that is used to diagnose breast cancer. Its principal purpose is to facilitate the detection of breast cancer at a point earlier in its natural history than is possible by clinical examination. Osteoporosis is also a leading disorder that is increasing and can be easily diagnosed by Bone densitometry.

Bone densitometry is proven to be a standard diagnostic tool for osteoporosis. It is a simple, painless, non-invasive procedure that helps in measuring the bone density of the spine, wrist, and hip. Knowledge of what is mammography, bone densitometry, indications, normal values, how to use these diagnostic tools is essential for health care professionals to diagnose the leading causes of mortality like cancers.

This module provides an overview of mammography and bone densitometry, enhanced forms of X-ray technology that are used, respectively, to examine breast tissue and measure bone loss. The module also discusses quality management programs for radiographic imaging. It offers students and practitioners an understanding of the technology and techniques involved in mammography and bone densitometry, and important considerations for effective radiographic quality control.

This module is an ideal resource if you are studying for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists® (ARRT) registry exam.

Who should attend?

  • General practitioners
  • Primary care physicians
  • Undergraduate medical students (Interns)
  • Postgraduate students in medicine
  • Nurses
  • Life science graduates

Key concepts covered include:

An overview of

  • How to differentiate between soft tissue and conventional radiography
  • To identify the technology involved in mammography
  • To describe the procedural requirements for conducting a mammogram
  • To describe the technology involved and procedural considerations for conducting bone density scanning
  • To identify the components of an effective quality management program
  • How to identify the common causes of image artifacts and how they can be prevented or minimized

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