Digital Mammography Positioning Tips and Body Mechanics (Online)

Digital Mammography Positioning Tips and Body Mechanics (Online)
Course ID: HomeStudy-DigMamPosTips-1182-o
Credit: 1 Hour Category A
Instructor : Susan Sprinkle-Vincent , AAS, RT(R)(M)
Expiration Date: 11-30-2018
Price: $19.95
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**The CE activity is a video of live presentation and a post test with multiple choice questions that is to be completed online.  If you have slow internet service, you may find it more convenient to download the video for viewing on your computer.  **See computer equipment specifications below.

Proper positioning is critical for breast cancer detection, and technologists should be aware of the differences when transitioning from positioning on a film screen image receptor to a full field digital detector. With film screen you had two size image receptors which allowed you to position according to breast size. The digital detectors of today, although they offer two field of views, can be deceptive and most are thicker than a traditional bucky making it even more challenging to optimize positioning. Bottom line: film screen or digital image receptor, the technologist must follow the proper standards for positioning and compression in order to achieve optimal imaging.

This course covers tips for positioning in digital mammography including information on proper body mechanics for mammography technologists. You will benefit from this presentation that will inspire you to always do the best you can! 

Course Topics:

  • Positioning routine views
  • Positioning on digital detectors
  • Caveats of positioning on digital detectors
  • Shifting paddles for the MLO views
  • Steps for optimal positioning
  • Body Mechanics in Mammography Positioning
  • Champion Mammographer

Approval Expirations:

All Home study approvals have an expiration date.  Some of our home studies are approved for one year others for two years.  Whether a home study is renewed at the end of its expiration date is determined by the materials content and relevancy.  AHEC recommends if you plan to purchase a home study to complete at a later date that you contact us to confirm the expiration date.

AHEC Home Study Guidelines:

  • Link to this online CE activity will be delivered via email.
  • You can also access your purchased home studies by clicking the “My Home Study” link on the AHEC Store (
  • Login for course material, take the post test (at your convenience), and receive certificate online immediately after successful completion of test.
  • Login information is the same email and password used to purchase products from AHEC’s Store online.
  • A passing grade is 75% or higher – the program will notify you if you have not passed with a 75% or higher and you have three chances to pass.
  • To access/print your certificate you will need to click the title of the course under the “Certificate of Completion” section below the course material and “Take Test” section.

AHEC Refund Policy

Customers wishing to return unwanted online course materials once accessed will be given a tuition credit. No refunds are issued.

Minimum system requirements for online and video based home study:

Windows XP or higher


Adobe Flash Player [If you don't currently have Adobe Flash Player or if you are using an older version then click HERE]

One gigabyte (GB) of RAM

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Approval expiration date is 11/30/18
Susan Sprinkle-Vincent , AAS, RT(R)(M)

Susan Sprinkle-Vincent, AAS, RT(R)(M), Director of Mammography Services/Consultant, has 38 years of experience in performing and teaching others the skills of mammography. She has been an instructor associated with the continuing education program cosponsored by the National Cancer Institute and American College of Radiology and the American Cancer Society. Susan's years of experience range from the Supervisor of Mammography Services at The Methodist Hospital and Project Director of Mammography at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She joined the AHEC team full time in the fall of 2000 to expand the mammography educational service and build a new division to assist AHEC's clients with mammography consulting services. Susan is widely known for her expertise in the clinical aspects of mammography and her technical skills. She will continue to actively teach technologists, residents and physicians the finer details of this highly technical field. Susan is enjoying another amazing experience at AHEC.