Mammography Initial Training Option 1

Mammography Initial Training Option 1
Course ID: MammoFellow-151-178
Event Location:Advanced Health Education Center, 8502 Tybor Drive, Houston, Texas, USA, 77074
Credit: 40 Category A Credits
Date: 07/26/2018 08:00 am - 07/30/2018 04:15 pm
Instructor : Deborah Thames , RT(R)(M)(QM)
Price: $1,195.00
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Training Option 1 is for technologists who can perform their 25 patient procedures at their facility.

Register early and save! Please register early and reserve your place by providing payment to avoid an additional $25 fee required for registrations given within two (2) weeks of the course.

ARRT certification and/or a fully unrestricted state license are required for admission to the Mammography Initial Training course.

The curriculum for “Mammography Initial Training Option 1” will provide the technologist with all of the required components of training as outlined by MQSA. The course includes: 24 hours of training on core competencies as outlined by MQSA, 8 hours of Digital Mammography Modality Specific Training, and 8 hours of Tomosynthesis Modality Specific Training. 

You will be awarded 40 hours of Category A credit for the five day course.  The course satisfies the 16 hours of structured education requirement to apply for the ARRT Post-Primary Mammography Certification Examination.  This course also meets the guidelines for states requiring special education for mammography.

Training Option 1

In April, 1999, the final rules of the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) became effective that required entry level training for mammography including the performance of 25 patient procedures under the supervision of a qualified mammographer.

Training Option 1 is for technologists who can perform their 25 patient procedures at their facility.

  • Facilities may supervise the MQSA required 25 patient procedures for their employees following the didactic program. The supervising clinical faculty must be a RT(R) (M) meeting MQSA requirements. Supervising clinical faculty will be required to supervise, document, and return original clinical evaluation forms for students to complete the course and receive their Initial Training in Mammography certificate.
  • The credentialing paperwork required for the Supervising Clinical Faculty will be emailed after payment has been processed.  All of the credentialing paperwork for Option 1 must be provided at least two weeks prior to the start date of the course.
  • If your facility is unable to supervise the required 25 procedures to complete your training, AHEC can facilitate a clinical site in Houston, Texas for an additional two days after the classroom portion of the course is complete.  This option requires an additional course fee and paperwork.  Please view the "Mammography Initial Training Option 2" course description for details.  *Clinical placement is limited and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Individuals must register, pay in full, and turn in all required paperwork to secure a clinical placement.

Film Screen Modality Initial Training

AHEC's Mammography Initial Training curriculum DOES NOT include training in film screen.  Attendees in need of 8 hour of film screen modality specific training MUST add the "Film Screen Modality Initial Training" video home study to your registration.  For more information, please click (or paste in your browser) the following link to view the course or call us at 1-800-239-1361: 


Course Topics
Day 1 (Thursday)

  • Introduction
  • Radiation Physics and Mammography
  • Risk Factors
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • Patient Education/Clinical History
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Skin Marking Systems for Mammography

Day 2 (Friday)

  • Mammography Positioning and Compression
  • Routine Views CC/MLO
  • Supplemental Views
  • Magnification
  • Tailoring the Examination: Imaging The Augmented Breast
  • Imaging The Postoperative and Reconstructed Breast
  • Equipment Applications
  • Technical Factor Applications

Day 3 (Saturday)

  • Special Procedures
  • Needle Localization/Specimenradiography
  • Glactography/Pneumocystogram
  • Introduction to Stereotactic Core Biopsy
  • Pathology
  • Review
  • Hands-On Positioning Laboratory
  • Clinical Imaging Film Critique

Day 4 (Sunday)

  • Digital Mammography Basics
  • Digital Mammography Theory and Physics
  • Positioning
  • Digital Artifacts
  • Quality Control - What Do These QC Numbers Mean?
  • Clinical Applications
  • Pathology of the Breast in the Digital World

Day 5 (Monday)

  • Theory and Technology Part 1 - Introduction to DBT
  • Theory and Technology Part 2 - The Need for 3D Breast Tomosynthesis
  • FDA Submitted Clinical Trial Information and Tomosynthesis Unit Applications
  • Connectivity Information
  • Site Readiness and Reimbursement
  • Radiation Dose Considerations
  • Technologists Quality Control
  • Pathology and Beyond

AHEC Cancellation and Refund Policy for Skills Courses

AHEC defines a skills course as a limited enrollment course where a received registration with payment reserves your place in a course (i.e. all Ultrasound courses, Mammography Initial Training and other theory courses). For cancellations received at least two weeks prior to the course date, a refund less a 30% processing fee will be given. Within two weeks of the course, no refund is given, but a tuition credit – less a 30% processing fee – may be applied to a future course. No refunds or tuition credit is given for non-attendance. Facilities may substitute employees by notification to AHEC at least one week in advance.

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This program provides AHRA Category A continuing education credit for radiologic technologists recognized by the ARRT and various licensure states. You must attend the entire program to receive your certificate of completion.
Deborah Thames , RT(R)(M)(QM)

Deborah is a mammography technologist at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, where she is responsible for screening and diagnostic mammography, stereotactic core biopsies, and digital mammography. In addition to working on the Mobile Transit Mammography Unit, she excels at routine and fluoroscopic diagnostic procedures in diagnostic radiology. Deborah received her radiologic technologist certification from Stephen W. Brown School of Radiology in Augusta, Georgia.