About this Program

Information on this page is an example of the Breast Ultrasound program that MTMI can provide. A customized program can be created to meet the needs of your facility.

This course will provide increased knowledge of the technical and clinical aspects of breast ultrasound as well as practical hands-on training of ultrasound imaging of the breast. An overview of the basic principles and techniques utilized in breast ultrasound will be presented. This course will be helpful for mammographers and sonographers who are directly involved in breast imaging and physicians whose practice includes women’s health. 

Institutional Requirements

A meeting room or class room

Promotion of the event to internal staff

An on-site meeting coordinator

Audio-visual equipment

  • Laser pointer
  • Screen
  • Microphone
    • Laser pointer
    • Screen
    • Microphone

Educational Objectives

  • Understand how the basic principles and instrumentation of ultrasound affect the technique of breast ultrasound.
  • Recognize normal breast anatomy on the ultrasound image and evaluate lesions for their benign or malignant features.
  • Recall the mammographic and ultrasonic features of specific benign and malignant lesions.
  • Explain the role and importance of mammography, ultrasound, MRI, nuclear medicine, and ductography in the work up and management of the breast.
  • Recognize breast ultrasound artifacts, understand why they occur, and describe techniques to minimize the occurrence of those that degrade the image.
  • Develop an awareness of the invasive procedures that are available, as well as, the benefits and limitations of each.
  • Define the different surgical and nonsurgical treatment options for patients who develop breast cancer.


In-person and live webinar options

Day OneDay Two
7:30 amRegistration and Coffee
8:00 am

Basic Physics of Ultrasound

  • Ultrasound Wave Characteristics
    • Propagation speed
    • Frequency
    • Wavelength
    • Period
    • Amplitude
    • Power
    • Intensity
  • Fundamentals
  • Bioeffects
9:30 amInformal Discussion and Break
9:40 am

Breast Anatomy and Physiology

  • Anatomy of the Breast
  • Physiologic Characteristics
11:10 am

Benign and Malignant Features

  • Margins
  • Echogenicity
  • Shape
  • Heterogeneity
  • Compressibility
  • Vascularity
  • Other features
12:10 pmLunch - (on your own)
1:00 pm

Instrumentation and Technique (Part 1)

  • Transducers
    • Frequency
    • Type
  • Technical Factors
    • Power
    • Focal Zone
    • Depth
    • Time-Gain Compensation
    • Focus
    • Gray Scale Selection
    • Utilize Color and Power Doppler


2:30 pmInformal Discussion and Break
2:40 pm

Instrumentation and Technique (Part 2)

  • Safety and Bioeffects
  • Image orientation
  • Annotation
  • Other Methods
    • Doppler
    • Elastography
    • Harmonics

Patient Care

  • Image Display
  • American Cancer Society Guidelines
  • Accreditation
    • Mammography
    • Breast Ultrasound
  • Mammographic Correlations
  • Scan Planes
4:00 pm

Artifacts (Image Production)

  • Shadowing
  • Enhancement
  • Reverberation
  • Other
4:30 pmAdjourn Lecture
4:30-6:00 pmHands-on Workshop (on-site students only)
7:30 amCoffee
8:00 am

Benign Breast Lesions 

  • Simple, Complicated 
  • Complex Cysts
  • Galactocele
  • Sebaceous Cyst
  • Fibrocystic Change
  • Fibroadenoma
  • Papilloma
  • Lipoma
  • Hamartoma
  • Inflammation, Infection
  • Trauma
  • Gynecomastia
  • Diabetic Mastopathy
9:30 amInformal Discussion and Break
9:40 am

Malignant Breast Lesions

  • Statistics
    • Epidemiology
    • Risk Factors
  • Ductal Carcinoma In Situ
  • Lobular Carcinoma In Situ
  • Invasive Ductal Carcinoma
  • Invasive Lobular Carcinoma
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Medullary Carcinoma
  • Colloid Carcinoma
  • Papillary Carcinoma
  • Tubular Carcinoma
  • Uncommon Malignant Breast Neoplasms
11:10 am

Other Imaging Modalities

  • BIRADS & Assessments
  • Ductography
  • MRI
  • Digital Breast Tomosynthesis
  • Implant Imaging
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • PET/CT
  • BSGI / PEM
12:10 pmLunch - (on your own)
1:00 pm

 Invasive procedures

  • Image Guided Procedures
    • Cyst aspiration
    • Abscess drainage
    • Fine Needle Aspiration
    • Core biopsy
    • Vacuum Assisted Biopsy
    • Needle Localization/Surgical biopsy


  • Surgical Treatment & Changes
  • Non‐surgical Treatment & Changes
2:00 pm

Emerging Technologies

  • Contrast Enhanced Spectral Mammography (CESM)
  • Elastography
  • Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS)
  • Contrast Enhanced Power Doppler
  • Localization Procedures
  • Dedicated Breast CT
  • CT Laser Mammography
  • Microwave Imaging
  • Therapeutic Advances
3:00 pmAdjourn Lecture
3:00-4:00 pmHands-on Workshop (on-site students only)
(if needed)

Program Faculty

Meet your presenter(s)

Cheryl Seastrand

Cheryl Seastrand


Cheryl Seastrand has over 25 years of experience as a Breast Imaging Specialist. As a registered Mammographer and Breast Sonographer, Cheryl is committed to providing high quality development and delivery of education and training in Breast Imaging. She was on the ARRT Breast Sonography Practice Analysis Advisory Committee and has worked with additional professional affiliations on Mammography projects. Cheryl has a proven history of providing accurate, rational analysis and implementation of regulatory compliance and accreditation. Cheryl works extensively with breast imaging facilities nationally by providing competency assessment and recommended improvements to enhance breast imaging programs. 

Though Cheryl Seastrand is an ARRT committee member, by binding contract, Cheryl cannot reveal in whole or in part any ARRT's copyrighted questions or any other insider information about the ARRT's examinations or assessments. The ARRT does not review, evaluate, or endorse review courses, activities, materials, or products and this disclaimer should not be construed as an endorsement by the ARRT.


Accredited training programs

This course provides 16 hours of Category A continuing education credit for radiologic technologists and sonographers. Category A credit from the ASRT meets the requirements for both the ARRT and the ARDMS. A certificate of attendance will be provided for each individual upon completion of the program. All attendees must attend the entire program to receive credit. Credit from various licensure states has been approved.

The Medical Technology Management Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Medical Technology Management Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.