Mammography Technologists operate a mammography unit to produce images of the breasts for diagnostic purposes under direction of a physician. They explain the procedure to patients, position and immobilize the patient’s breast in unit, and observe the scanning process. This involves monitoring the video display of the area being scanned and adjusting the density or contrast to improve picture quality. Mammography technologists then review and evaluate the film or image recording plate to determine if images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes. Throughout this whole process, mammography technologists use radiation safety measures and protection devices to comply with government regulations and to ensure safety of patients and staff.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
- Prepares facilities in accordance with procedural requirements; calibrates equipment as required by the institution.
- Respond to patient questions and concerns regarding exam procedures and process
- Prepares and positions patient for procedures as appropriate; assists patients at end of procedure.
- Understands and uses correct exposure factors, compression and angulation in order to produce high quality images.
- Monitors the patient’s physical condition and ensure their comfort during the procedure; report patient change of status or emergency situations to clinical staff, supervisor and/or Radiologist.
- Determines if the procedure was sufficient, or if additional imaging procedures are needed; consult with Radiologist as necessary.
- Provides images, data analysis, and patient information to the physician for diagnostic interpretation.
- Able to assist with invasive procedures as needed.
- Completes all documentation, including computerized documentation.
- 1-2 years recent work experience as a Mammography Tech
- ARRT(M) certification
- State License (if required per state)
- Current BLS
- Current TB Screen
- Valid Photo Identification/Driver's License
- Successful completion of a Background Check and Medely's screening process