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Breast Imaging

Elective Number: E74aa (lottery)

Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Matthew Miller

Rotation Coordinator: Sandy Kerns (sk9ef@virginia.edu); 924-9484

Duration: 2 weeks

Available: ALL rotations EXCEPT R5, which is NOT offered

Time to Report: 8:00 am

Place to Report: Residency/Student Elective Office - Room 1832

Typical day: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.

Number of students per rotation: 1

Course Description: This elective is intended for students who wish to learn more about breast imaging and breast care. The elective allows students the opportunity to be exposed to radiologic procedures and image interpretation.

Elective Objectives: The elective in breast imaging will introduce the student to a range of screening and diagnostic breast imaging modalities, as well as basic anatomy and introduction to breast procedures. (Students will observe breast procedures.) The student observes the daily schedule in the Breast Imaging Center, including digital mammography, digital breast tomosynthesis, breast ultrasound, breast MRI, and minimally invasive, image-guided procedures. The student will understand the basic management of benign and malignant breast disease.

The student participates in image interpretation sessions with the faculty, residents and, clinical instructors. Students will observe appropriate positioning for mammography. In addition, they will participate in the departmental and interdepartmental conferences/tumor boards.

The student will be assigned readings from texts on breast imaging, as well as appropriate journal articles.

Learning Objectives:
• Learn and describe anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the breast
• List indications for screening and diagnostic mammograms
• State what is involved in interpretation of mammograms, breast ultrasound, and breast MRI
• State indications for and observe breast interventional procedures; pre-surgical needle localizations and breast and lymph node biopsies
• Understand the interdisciplinary approach to treatment of breast cancer

Dress Code: Students on the elective should dress professionally (no scrubs); gentlemen, shirt and tie are required as you will be seeing patients.


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