The mammographer is a registered radiologic technologist who produces radiographic images of the breast. Duties include: obtaining a thorough patient history, providing a specific explanation of the mammographic procedure, providing information and/or demonstrating the procedure of self breast examination, positioning of the patient to obtain proper projection and a quality mammographic image, making exposure factor selections, processing the image, storing and retrieving images, performing quality assurance tests and maintaining a quality control program to meet the standards of the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) and American College of Radiology (ACR).
This certificate provides the student with ample opportunity to meet the ARRT requirements to enable the student to write the mammography certification examination. Students will be involved in screening, diagnostic and interventional procedures. Students will review mammographic images with radiologists to gain experience in evaluating radiographic techniques, breast anatomy, pathology and to obtain an appreciation for the importance of good positioning techniques.
Technologists who completed the Advanced Technical Certificate in Mammography will meet the requirements of the MQSA and will be eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination in mammography (the technologist must have been a R.T.R for at least 12 months before one is eligible to write the mammography certification examination).
Requirements for the Advanced Technical Certificate in Mammography: 1) A registered radiologic technologist; 2) a student radiographer enrolled in an accredited radiography program in their second year, second semester.