A program to improve mammography skills of practicing radiologic technologists

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Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology ; Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine



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Breast Neoplasms; *Clinical Competence; *Education, Continuing; Employee Performance Appraisal; Female; Humans; Mammography; Mass Screening; Massachusetts; Quality Assurance, Health Care; Technology, Radiologic


Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences | Women's Studies


Periodic screening mammography and clinical breast examination have significantly reduced the breast cancer mortality rate in the United States for women 50 years of age and older. The Breast Cancer Screening Project of the University of Massachusetts, Worcester, developed a pilot mammography continuing-education program for radiologic technologists that included a didactic and a clinical on-site, hands-on training workshop with preinstruction, postinstruction, and six-month follow-up evaluations to improve their mammography skills. Because of a small sample size, a high dropout rate, and limitations in study design, posttest gains cannot be attributed to the program. Most significant is the finding of wide variability in radiologic technologists' mammography skills, which may compromise mammogram quality and the value of such screening.

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Citation: QRB Qual Rev Bull. 1991 Feb;17(2):48-53.

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