Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

MEDIMAGE 707 - Mammographic Technology

15 Points

Semester 1, 2019


This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of mammographic technology and its application. The course addresses the scientific principles of the modality including image formation, technical parameters, radiation safety specific to mammography, image quality, artefacts, and quality assurance. Equipment developments and new and evolving techniques will be examined.

Objectives and learning outcomes

This course aims to provide students with specialised theoretical knowledge and an understanding of the underlying scientific principles of mammographic technology. Students will develop the ability to apply this knowledge in the safe use of mammography equipment for clinical and/or research purposes. This course will critically examine the selection of technical parameters and their relationship to image quality.

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts relating to mammographic technology
  2. Critically discuss specific issues relating to radiation safety within the mammography environment
  3. Analyse and integrate the principles and technology of mammography to enable image optimisation
  4. Critically evaluate the technical and diagnostic quality of a range of mammographic images
  5. Evaluate the importance of quality assurance and explain the associated impact on safety and image quality
  6. Critically discuss current developments in mammographic technology and explore recent literature in relation to emerging initiatives

Programme and course advice

This course is a compulsory course within the PGCertHSc(Mammography) programme and is a prerequisite for CLINIMAG 708: Mammographic Clinical Practice.

Students enrolled in the PGDipHSc/PGCertHSc (Medical Imaging) programmes may choose this course to contribute 15 points towards the MEDIMAGE/CLINIMAG point requirements.

All Medical Imaging Technologists and students admitted to any one of the above programmes are eligible for direct entry to this course. For all other students, departmental approval is required and a concession request must be submitted when applying to enrol in this course.

Access to a clinical Mammography department is highly recommended.

Course delivery and workload

The course is delivered fully online by distance via the University of Auckland’s learning management system ‘Canvas’. It will incorporate a range of learning approaches including videos, webpages, links to the library databases and resources, and utilising online technologies to promote shared learning opportunities.

The total expected workload for this course is approximately 150 hours. This may be broken down as follows:

  • Set readings relevant to mammographic theory (40 hours)
  • Other resources provided on Canvas e.g. videos, websites (10 hours) 
  • Assignments and self-directed learning (100 hours)


The required textbook for this course is:

Hogg and Kelly

Digital Mammography: A Holistic Approach
Hogg, P., Kelly, J., & Mercer, C.
Dordrecht: Springer c2015

This book is available online from the Philson Library or may be purchased as hardcopy.

The following textbook is highly recommended for this course and it is available in hardcopy from the Philson Library or may be purchased:

Lille and Marshall

Mammographic imaging – a practical guide (4th ed.)

Shelly Lillé and Wendy Marshall

Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer (2019)

In addition, a large selection of other readings and resources will be able to be accessed online via the course website and the Philson Library databases.

Pre-course reading

It is highly recommended that students access Chapter 16 of the required online textbook via the Philson Library and read as preparatory pre-reading for this course. This should be revision and will be assumed prior knowledge when you begin the course:

‘Chapter 16: Mammography Equipment’, Digital Mammography: A Holistic Approach, Hogg, P., Kelly, J., & Mercer, C. (2015)



An aggregated mark of 50% or more is required to successfully pass this course. Resubmission of failed assessments is not permitted.

Penalties for excessive word count and/or late submission (without prior written approval for an extension) will be applied in accordance with the 'Medical Imaging Assessment Requirements and Presentation Criteria' document.

The following is indicative of the type of assessments to be completed for this course:

  • Physics Portfolio 60% 
  • Critical Review Essay 40%

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