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Become A Mammography Technician

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Working As A Mammography Technician

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Getting Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • $81,326

    Average Salary

What Does A Mammography Technician Do At HCA, Hospital Corporation of America

* Demonstrates an understanding of human anatomy, physiology, pathology, and medical terminology.
* Maintains a high degree of accuracy in mammography positioning and exposure techniques.
* Maintains knowledge about radiation protection and safety.
* Prepares for and assists the physician in the completion of intricate mammography examinations, including breast biopsies.
* Serves as liaison between patients and departmental physicians and other members of the support team.
* Remains flexible for assignments between Loganville, Breast Center, and main campus

What Does A Mammography Technician Do At Unitedhealth Group

* Greets and prepares patients for examination, explains specific procedures to be performed Performs screening or diagnostic mammography exams using excellent positioning and exposure techniques and examines developed films for technical quality.
* Follows written order or self-referral policy Conducts quality control tests following ACR, Manufacture Quality Control Manuals and department policy and procedure manuals Ensures both patient images and quality control tests are processed appropriately and stored in PAC's Correctly begins and ends all patients in the Imagecast RIS system Maintains current ARRT, CPR, and State of Nevada certifications

What Does A Mammography Technician Do At Cleveland Clinic

* Reviews mammography requisition and computer exam forms to determine the type of exam required.
* Accurately positions patients, determines the exposure factors and operates mammography equipment according to established procedures to obtain a high quality image.
* Reviews processed imaged to determine quality and the need for additional images.
* Educates patients regarding procedures, equipment and the exam to ensure understanding and cooperation.
* Ensure patients' safety and comfort during and after the exam.
* Acquires, archives, transmits, and prints images via CAD and PACS.
* Completes after hours transmission of images and appropriate paperwork.
* Immediately reports any malfunctions to help desk and PACS Administrator.
* Processes billing via RIS.
* Assists with all policies and procedures required by local, state, and federal law, and with compliance or credentialing bodies (ACR, MQSA, Medicare, Medicaid, FDA, etc.)
* Assists with instrument calibration and records to ensure compliance with quality assurance requirements.
* Performs equipment checks to assure proper function of and notifies clinical engineering of any equipment malfunctions.
* Ensures exam rooms are adequately supplied with linen and related medical supplies.
* Provides teaching and mentoring to new hires and students.
* Continually strives to learn new technical information and skills through attendance of periodic in-service programs and participation in professional affiliation sessions.
* Potentially rotates through all diagnostic imaging modalities, sites and/or locations.
* Other duties as assigned

What Does A Mammography Technician Do At University of Virginia Health System

* Serves as a unit lead mammography technologist, ensuring quality, and handling difficult situations as they arise.
* Operates approved digital imaging equipment using established ACR and FDA guidelines along with imaging protocols set within the mammography program.
* Documents correct information on each patient using EMR and facility reporting systems.
* Verifies patient and procedure using University and departmental established protocols.
* Ensures proper safety standards are met.
* Instructs students and residents and performs preceptor duties as needed.
* Performs daily quality assurance checks.
* Maintains supply inventory in accordance with Mammography Department specifications.
* Participates in on-going service and process improvement efforts

What Does A Mammography Technician Do At Catholic Health Initiatives

* Prepares equipment for imaging tests in accordance with established standards, safeguards and protocols to ensure quality results; performs quality assurance checks to ensure all parameters are within appropriate limits and the diagnostic quality of the images produced.
* Explains procedure(s) to patient in preparation for the examination to reduce anxieties and obtain patient cooperation; ensures that all questions/concerns are addressed prior to beginning the exam; monitors and documents physiological condition of the patient prior to, and during, the procedure.
* Operates imaging equipment to perform mammography screening/diagnostic protocols based on physicians’ orders and in accordance with professional imaging standards/protocols and regulatory requirements.
* Maintains records and documentation as required by department protocols and licensure requirements.
* Cultural Sensitivity and Competence: Demonstrates proper use of communication tools/materials for effective communication and understands how the culture(s) of patient populations can affect communication, collaboration and the provision of care, treatment and services.
* Patient Population Served: Demonstrates knowledge and proper skills associated with the department’s defined specific populations served.
* Qualifications

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How To Become A Mammography Technician

Radiologic technologists and MRI technologists typically need an associate’s degree. Many MRI technologists start out as radiologic technologists and specialize later in their career. Radiologic technologists must be licensed or certified in most states. Few states license MRI technologists. Employers typically require or prefer prospective technologists to be certified even if the state does not require it.

Education

An associate’s degree is the most common educational requirement for radiologic and MRI technologists. There also are postsecondary education programs that lead to graduate certificates or bachelor’s degrees. Education programs typically include both classroom study and clinical work. Coursework includes anatomy, pathology, patient care, radiation physics and protection, and image evaluation.

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) accredits programs in radiography. Completing an accredited program is required for licensure in some states.

High school students who are interested in radiologic or MRI technology should take courses that focus on math and science, such as anatomy, biology, chemistry, physiology, and physics. 

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

MRI technologists typically have less than 5 years of work experience as radiologic technologists.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Radiologic technologists must be licensed or certified in most states. Few states license MRI technologists. Requirements vary by state.

To become licensed, technologists must usually graduate from an accredited program, and pass a certification exam from the state or obtain a certification from a certifying body. Certifications for radiologic technologists are available from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Certifications for MRI technologists are available from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and from the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT). For specific licensure requirements for radiologic technologists and MRI technologists, contact the state’s health board.

Employers typically require or prefer prospective technologists to be certified even if the state does not require it.

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Radiologic and MRI technologists must follow exact instructions to get the images needed for diagnoses.

Interpersonal skills. Radiologic and MRI technologists work closely with patients who may be in extreme pain or mentally stressed. Technologists must be able to put the patient at ease to get usable images.

Math skills. Radiologic and MRI technologists may need to calculate and mix the right doses of chemicals used in imaging procedures.

Physical stamina. Radiologic and MRI technologists often work on their feet for long periods during their shift and they must be able to lift and move patients who need assistance.

Technical skills. Radiologic and MRI technologists must understand how to operate complex machinery.

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Top Skills for A Mammography Technician

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Top Mammography Technician Skills

  1. Assist Radiologist
  2. Stereotactic Breast Biopsies
  3. Bone Density Exams
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide appropriate shielding to assure radiation protection, assist Radiologist/Technologist with procedures to help expedite patient flow.
  • Performed General Mammography Procedures and Stereotactic Breast Biopsies, in accordance with department protocols.
  • Perform all Bone Density exams.
  • Provided instruction for students, radiologic technologists, and others as required or requested.
  • Performed all mammography exams, both screening and diagnostic imaging, along with assisting with breast needle localizations.

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