Mammography Technologist

Mammography Technologist

Reports to: Lead Technologist, Radiology Services

Position Overview: 

The Mammography Technologist performs both mammography exams and radiologic imaging for diagnostic purposes. This role works independently using extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology, positioning, and radiation physics, and radiation dosage to ensure that a high-quality diagnostic image is produced. The Mammography Technologist performs diagnostic general radiology procedures on infant, pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients on designated areas of the body as requested by a physician. In order to do so, this position must confirm appropriate clinical data, obtain patient history, and use the lowest possible dose to provide high-quality images for the interpreting radiologist. By communicating effectively with patients as well as other members of the health care team, the technologist provides for the emotional and physical well-being and safety of the patient while maintaining strict standards of patient confidentiality.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities* 

  • Operates all mammographic equipment to ensure proper image quality as outlined in the Mammography Policy and Procedure Manual. Assures that all mammograms are of optimum quality so that image repeat analysis is less than five percent.
  • Follows pre-determined image criteria to assess mammograms to ensure all patients are well positioned and all anatomical information is on each view.
  • Performs services in the Imaging service area according to the policies, procedures, philosophy, and objectives of the department. Works cooperatively within department and other services to create a system of quality health care.
  • Ensures that proper attire is always worn and protective equipment is followed as dictated by federal, state, and credentialing regulatory bodies as well as stated in MIT Health Policies.
  • Operates radiographic equipment used in the performance of all standard radiologic procedures as outlined in the Radiology Policy and Procedure Manual.
  • Demonstrates anatomical structures based upon knowledge of patient positioning (radiographic) and upon the principles of radiographic exposure, radiation physics, and principles of x-ray generation. Provides optimum quality radiographs through proper selection of imaging techniques.
  • Welcomes and conducts interactions with everyone, whether they are a patient, co-worker, or other stakeholder, in a friendly courteous, and respectful manner. Actively listens and constructively responds to questions and concerns. Respects the diversity of the patient/customer population (i.e., ages and culture.)
  • Understands and maintains universal precautions in all clinical activities.
  • Disinfects exam room daily and after contamination of communicable disease exposure with the appropriate cleaning agent, or ensure that this is done.
  • Demonstrates safe and effective use of equipment. Advises supervisor /manager of observed equipment malfunction or imaging accessories needing repair or removal from service.
  • Performs quality control tests as required by regulations put forth by DPH and ACR. Ensures proper documentation on all forms necessary in preparation for annual inspection.
  • necessary, to maintain accurate information.
  • Performs other duties as needed.

Minimum Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Medical Technology, Biology, or Chemistry required.
  • ARRT Registry Certifications in Radiography RT® and Mammography RT(M) certification from a recognized accredited institution. Massachusetts license with no constraints. Certification from a recognized agency required
  • Massachusetts licensed in Radiography/ Mammography
  • Minimum of 1 year as a Licensed Radiology / Mammography Technologist
  • Must have successfully passed the ARRT exam in Mammography.
  • Proven detailed knowledge of Mammography equipment and MQSA and ACR regulations as well as the ability to learn and master new tasks related to Image Quality and Safety.
  • BLS/CPR required.
  • Must be able to push, pull, or lift objects weighing up to 20 pounds
  • Proficiency in tasks employing arm/hand steadiness is required
  • Long periods of standing or walking are often required. May have to remain in uncomfortable positions such as bending for prolonged periods

*To comply with regulations by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the principal duties in job descriptions must be essential to the job. To identify essential functions, focus on the purpose and the result of the duties rather than the manner in which they are performed. The following definition applies: a job function is essential if removal of that function would fundamentally change the job.  

Job number: 23612 
Grade level: 8

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