Program Objectives

  • How to find breast cancer in early stages
  • How to differentiate normal from abnormal tissue
  • How to increase sensitivity and specificity
  • Differential diagnosis in depth of the findings
  • Adjunctive diagnostic tools, interventional methods

Having participated in this course, the physician should: 

  • Be familiar with the varying appearance of a normal mammogram and how to avoid unnecessary callbacks.
  • Understand the subgroups of in situ and invasive breast cancer.
  • Have competence in the differential diagnosis of breast diseases.
  • Be able to guide the diagnostic workup using mammography, ultrasound and perform needle biopsy.
  • Be able to analyze the mammographic and ultrasound images and determine which adjunctive methods will be most appropriate for each of the subgroups of breast diseases.
  • Appreciate the importance of weekly tumor board meetings and cooperation among radiologists, surgeons and pathologists.
  • Understand the value and relationship of the main prognostic factors in order to predict the outcome of the disease.

The technologists having attended the course should be proficient in mammographic technique and understand the rationale of mammographic workup in order to be a valuable member of the diagnostic team. This course is particularly recommended for technologists already familiar with mammography.