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Volume 6 Supplement 1

Symposium Mammographicum 2004

  • Poster presentation
  • Open Access

Image-guided interventional procedures of the breast: the development and delivery of a postgraduate programme of study from an academic and clinical perspective

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Breast Cancer Research20046 (Suppl 1) :P42

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  • Cancer Research
  • Interventional Procedure
  • Clinical Perspective
  • Clinical Specialist
  • Advanced Practitioner

It is acknowledged that advanced practitioners [1] can, if suitably trained, undertake interventional procedures of the breast under mammographic/ultrasound control.

While the idea of mammographers/ultrasonographers undertaking interventional procedures remains controversial, it is established practice in a small number of centres, through 'in-house' training [2]. However, some concern has been expressed at the nontransferability of the skills acquired by 'in-house' training, and the need for formal academic input of required underpinning knowledge and accreditation of competencies is now recognised [3]. This can only be achieved by academics and clinical specialists working in collaboration [1].

This paper discusses the problems associated with the development and delivery of such a postgraduate programme from an academic and clinical perspective.

Authors’ Affiliations

General Infirmary at Leeds, UK
University of Leeds, UK


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