Our Mammographer Program offers a 3-month clinical education program for certified Radiologic Technologists. Students will learn how to produce diagnostic images in both abdominal and obstetrical ultrasound. The program is offered each quarter, annually.
University of Utah Health has more than 7 locations throughout the valley; allowing students to experience clinical care in both an inpatient hospital setting, as well as the outpatient environment. Students will have the opportunity to work one on one with a mammographer to learn the skills that will help them become an entry-level technologist by graduation.
What is mammography?
Mammography is the process of using low-energy x-rays to create images to examine the human breast for diagnosis and screening. These images are then analyzed for abnormal findings. The goal of mammography is the early detection of breast cancer, typically through detection of characteristic masses or microcalcifications. Since 1990, mammography has helped reduce the number of breast-cancer deaths by almost one-third.
What are the responsibilities of a mammographer?
Many mammography patients come in for routine screenings; others might have lumps or other signs of breast cancer. As a mammographer, you’ll operate specialized equipment, obtaining images that help physicians detect breast cancer and other breast diseases in their earliest stages. A mammographer explains the procedure to the patient and properly positions the breast to obtain the best diagnostic images for the radiologist to interpret.
Mammograms are personal—and sometimes frightening—procedures for patients. You can be a comforting presence as people undergo screenings and exams.
How do I become a mammographer?
Prior to application for admittance into our clinical education program, students must complete a didactic training course. One option students typically choose is provided by the Medical Technology Management Institute (MTMI): their training course.
If admitted for clinical education there are clinical competency requirements set forth from the American Registry for Radiologic Technologists specific for those looking to complete the board examination. More information can be found here:
Our Technologist Education Programs are in high demand and are competitive. We encourage you to apply and will walk you through the process.
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