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Breast Exam

Exam Content Outline

The American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers publishes its exam outlines and other important information on its website ( Visit the site for complete information about applying for and taking the registry examinations.

The outline for each exam indicates the approximate percentage of the exam that a particular topic represents. This information is important because it indicates the relative importance of each topic and allows you to study more effectively. For example, Pathology represents 34% of the breast exam, whereas Emerging Technology and Treatment represents 7%.

The outline for the Breast specialty examination appears below. For a more detailed exam content outline click here.

I. Anatomy and Physiology (15%)

   Normal anatomy and physiology

II. Pathology (34%)

   Abnormal perfusion and function

   Benign vs. suspicious findings

III. Integration of Data (19%)

   Incorporation of outside data

IV. Protocols (13%)

   Clinical standards and guidelines

   Measurement techniques

V. Ultrasound Physics (12%)



   Imaging instruments

VI. Emerging Technology and Treatment (7%)

   New technologies

   Interventional procedures

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