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Ultrasound Assessment of the Female Breast

$25 / per module

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This module teaches you how to prepare for and perform an ultrasound examination of the breast.  The interactive simulator provides three scenarios that cover different types of scans. Online simulations enable students and practitioners to build or refresh knowledge and cognitive skills, and a safe practice environment so you can prepare for the real clinical world You can also use simulations to try out procedures that you might not otherwise experience. This module is ideal if you are studying for the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) registry exams.

You’ll learn

  • to better visualize and understand the anatomy and physiology of the breast, with our 3D model and illustrations
  • about the various diagnostic pathways that may lead to a sonographic breast examination, and how the ultrasound findings are correlated with other imaging modalities
  • to practice, perfect and test your skills in performing an ultrasound scan of the breast, step-by-step
  • how to prepare and position your patient for an ultrasound scan of the breast
  • sonographic breast scanning protocols, including the clock and quadrant methods, and targeted examinations based on mammographic findings
  • how to identify on sonographic images of benign and malignant features and common breast pathologies
  • to describe the technique for prostate biopsy and radiation seed implantation
  • much more (see “Content Details” for more specific information).

Materials Included:

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  • video_iconVideo
  • anatomy_iconAnatomy
  • simulation_iconSimulation
  • quiz_iconQuiz
Introduction
Step 1 - Preparation
Step 1.1 - Equipment preparation
Step 1.2 - Patient preparation
Step 1.3 - Operator preparation
Step 2 - Expose the chest and apply gel
Step 3 - Select the transducer
Step 4 - Commence the breast scanning protocol
Step 4.1 - Patient position
Step 4.2 - Scan planes
Step 4.2.1 - Radial scan plane
Step 4.2.2 - Anti-radial scan plane
Step 4.2.3 - Transverse scan plane
Step 4.2.4 - Longitudinal (sagittal) scan plane
Step 4.3 - Standard breast protocol image requirements
Step 4.3.1 - Clock method
Step 4.3.2 - Quadrant method
Step 4.3.3 - Targeted breast examination
Step 4.4 - Annotations required
Step 4.5 - Troubleshooting
Step 5 - Scan the breast
Step 5.1 - Clock method
Step 5.1.1 - Scan the breast in the radial plane
Step 5.1.2 - Scan the breast in the anti-radial plane
Step 5.2 - Quadrant method
Step 5.2.1 - Scan the breast in the longitudinal plane
Step 5.2.2 - Scan the breast in the transverse plane
Step 5.2.3 - Obtain representative images from each quadrant
Step 5.3 - Targeted examination
Step 5.3.1 - Scan the quadrant in the longitudinal plane
Step 5.3.2 - Scan the quadrant in the transverse plane
Step 5.4 - Sonographic features of a normal breast
Step 5.5 - Sonographic features of breast variants
Step 6 - Scan the nipple and sub-areolar tissue
Step 6.1 - Scan the nipple and areola in the longitudinal and transverse planes
Step 6.2 - Sonographic features of the nipple and sub-areolar tissue
Step 7 - Scan the axilla
Step 7.1 - Scan the axilla in the longitudinal plane
Step 7.2 - Scan the axilla in the transverse plane
Step 8 - Biopsy techniques
Step 8.1 - Preparation
Step 8.1.1 - Equipment
Step 8.1.2 - Patient
Step 8.1.3 - Operator
Step 8.2 - Techniques
Step 8.2.1 - Aspiration of cysts
Step 8.2.2 - Fine-needle aspiration cytology
Step 8.2.3 - Drainage procedures
Step 8.2.4 - Large-core needle biopsy
Step 8.2.5 - Vacuum-assisted needle biopsy
Step 8.2.6 - Pre-operative needle (wire) localization
Step 8.2.7 - Open (surgical) biopsy
Step 8.2.8 - Sentinel node biopsy
Step 9 - Complete the procedure
  • Identify the anatomy and explain the physiology of the breast on diagrams and sonograms.
  • Describe and demonstrate the protocol for sonographic scanning of the breast, including the clock and quadrant methods, and targeted examinations based on mammographic findings.
  • Describe the various diagnostic pathways that may lead to a sonographic breast examination, and explain how the ultrasound findings are correlated with other imaging modalities. 
  • Identify and describe sonographic images of benign and malignant features and common breast pathologies. 
  • Explain biopsy techniques for breast tumors.
  • Define and use related medical terminology.
  • Explain the Patient Privacy Rule (HIPAA) and Patient Safety Act (see reference).

The SIMTICS modules are all easy to use and web-based. This means they are available at any time as long as the learner has an internet connection. No special hardware or other equipment is required, other than a computer mouse for use in the simulations. Each of the SIMTICS modules covers one specific procedure or topic in detail. Each module contains:

  • an online simulation (available in Learn and Test modes)
  • descriptive text, which explains exactly how to perform that particular procedure including
  • 2D images and a 3D model of applied anatomy for that particular topic
  • a step by step video demonstration by an expert
  • a quiz
  • a personal logbook that keeps track of all the modules the learner has studied and how long

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