Becoming A Mammography Technologist: A Career As A Career

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I am exploring the profession of Mammography. After completing my Associate 's Degree through Northwestern State University and completing the Radiologic Technology program at Baton Rouge General Hospital, I plan to continue my education and become a mammography technologist. A mammography technologist examines breast tissue with medical imaging equipment. The technologist is looking for any abnormalities in the tissue. Radiologists and oncologists use these images to make a diagnosis on a patient. An important aspect of being a mammography technologist is patient care. Most patients are fearful of a mammography exam. Being able to give clear directions and make the patient feel comfortable is important. Technologists need to be …show more content…
Being a member of ARRT is also required. The ARRT requires you to have 75 completed mammography exams (screening and/or diagnostic). These exams must be verified by a mammography supervisor. In addition, the MSQA (Mammography Standard Quality Act) also requires the completion of a minimum of 25 exams. All exams must be performed on patients. No simulators or phantoms are allowed to be used for exams. Documentation of these completed exams is needed by the ARRT. You are also required to participate in QC (Quality Control) tests. Revision of at least 10 mammography exams with a MSQA certified physician is required. The technologist must also sit with a MSQA qualified interpreting physician to evaluate technique, positioning, anatomy, and pathology. You must either observe, assist, or participate in 10 interventional/special procedures. Those special procedures include: needle localization, breast MRI, ultrasound with biopsy or cyst aspiration, breast implant imaging, or clip placement. The ARRT also require the candidate to abide by the ARRT Rules and Regulations as well as the ARRT Standard of Ethics policy. Once you have met all the education and ethics requirements for the ARRT you are eligible to take the certification test. This test costs $200 and $175 to re-take test if needed. Candidates are allowed three attempts …show more content…
The job growth outlook from 2012-2022 is calculated at 21%. This is being attributed to the fact that there are aging population needed examinations. Becoming a mammography technologist also allows you to be a versatile employee. Being certified in mammography as well as being a diagnostic radiologic technologist allows you to float within the department between the two modalities. This will give you a better opportunity in getting a job. Mammography technologists can work in a hospital or clinic

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