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Breast Sonography Skill-up XDMS 5002

Sonography Microcredential Course

Course details

Students in this introductory course will learn how to identify normal breast anatomical structures and identify variations in tissues due to age, pregnancy, and breast density on ultrasound. They will also learn the sonographic features of benign conditions and common pathologies. Students will also discuss the unique patient care and patient management strategies including targeted vs whole breast ultrasounds, mammograms, MRI, breast biopsies, and the ACR – BI-RADS® reporting system.


  • This specialty course is intended for a cohort group of registered generalist sonographers (CRGS, RDMS) employed in British Columbia, Canada.





Course offerings

Fall 2023

Below is one offering of XDMS 5002 for the Fall 2023 term.

CRN 49486


Wed Oct 04 - Sun Nov 05 (5 weeks)

  • 5 weeks
  • CRN 49486
  • $635.34
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Oct 04 - Nov 05 Wed 18:30 - 21:30 Online
Oct 04 - Nov 05 N/A N/A Burnaby

Kimberley Talarico

Course outline




Important information
  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. The BC Health Authority will provide BCIT with the list of students to register. Registration is only permitted through an approved list submitted by the Program Head. Students are chosen by their employer through a selection process. Students must be British Columbia (BC) residents, credentialed, employed and working for the BC Health Authority or local industry partner. A student will need to have graduated from an accredited sonography training program and hold the Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS – AB/OB/GYN) or Canadian Registered Generalist Sonographer (CRGS) credentials to qualify for the BCIT MSK sonography specialty training. Proof of Sonography Canada or American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography membership is required. For any questions, email

Registration Options

Online registration for this course offering is not available. However, you can still register by phone.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Recognize normal breast anatomy, anomalous, pathologic conditions, and their spatial anatomic relationships as visualized by ultrasound or schematic diagrams. (5.3g, 5.3h, 5.3i).
  • Given a clinical scenario explain how to investigate abnormal findings on breast sonographic exams. (5.3j).
  • Explain how to modify the examination based on provided patient symptoms, clinical history, laboratory results, and sonographic findings while integrating knowledge of disease processes. (5.1a, 5.1c, 5.1e, 5.2a, 5.2b, 5.3k).
  • Explain how to appropriately respond or manage specific patient care concerns during gynecologic sonography exams in a given scenario. (1.1h, 1.3b).
  • Describe the requisite protocols and images required for complete breast imaging exams and how to set up the room and patient to ensure patient dignity. (3.1f, 4.1a, 4.1b, 4.2a, 4.2b,5.1d, 5.3b, 5.3d, 5.3l).
  • Formulates and communicates an accurate technical impression and differential diagnosis using sonographic descriptors and medical terminology based on provided sonographic images. (1.1k, 1.2a, 1.2b, 1.2c, 1.2e, 5.4a, 5.4b, 5.4d, 5.4e, 5.4g).
  • Explain the different procedures used in the diagnosis and treatment of breast disease.
  • Differentiate the pros and cons between sonography and other imaging modalities when imaging the breast.
  • Discuss SMPBC and Bi-Rads reporting systems.​

Effective as of Fall 2022

Related Programs

Breast Sonography Skill-up (XDMS 5002) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Health Sciences

  1. Breast Sonography
    Microcredential Part-time


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