• Mammography Initial Training - Option 2

Interested in getting Mammography Initial Training for free? We are partnered with the GROW! Mammography Scholarship, which is designed to support radiologic technologists who are dedicated to advancing in the field of radiology sciences. We believe that by investing in the education and professional development of future mammographers, we can help improve the quality of care in our communities.

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Are you interested in cross-training into Mammography? With over 33 years of experience teaching mammography, we've developed our curriculum based on helping you meet the requirements and becoming a successful mammographer.  A half-day is dedicated to hands-on positioning and QC training  at our affiliate hospital.  This hands-on approach enables you to jump right in when it's time for you to start your 25 hands-on procedures on patients.  Student evaluations confirm this is a "must have" for positioning training.

Mammography Initial Training Option 2 is for technologists who cannot perform their 25 patient procedures at their facility. 

You must be registered at least eight weeks prior to the class to get all the requirements completed in time.  


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 2" will provide the technologist with all the required components of training as outlined by MQSA.  The course includes: 24 hours of training on the core competencies as outlined by MQSA, 8 hours of Digital Mammography Modality Specific Training, and 8 hours of Tomosynthesis Modality Specific Training.  Clinical placement requires the DBT 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 2

If your facility is unable to supervise the required 25 procedures to complete your training, or you are not currently employed, AHEC's Mammography Initial Training-Option 2 can facilitate a clinical site in Houston, Texas. The two clinical days are scheduled after the classroom portion of the course is complete.   There is no CE credit awarded for the two clinical days.

Please contact us directly to set up the clinical days that work best for you. 1-800-239-1361

Clinical placement is limited and is completed on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Clinical days will begin Tuesday-Wednesday immediately following the five-course.  Placement will continue in concurrent two day blocks after the Tuesday-Wednesday block is full. Clinical assignments occur during weekdays only.  To secure clinical placement, AHEC must receive the registration, payment in full, and all required clinical placement paperwork.  *An email will be sent once registration is received with a list of the required clinical placement paperwork. Every effort is made to schedule the days convenient to you, but there are limited openings so they are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

This practical approach to learning mammography is applicable to all technologists performing mammography.


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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

Two additional clinical days as scheduled.

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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.
Category Hours Revision Year(s)
Breast Sonography > Patient Care > Patient Interactions and Management- 2016 2.0 2016
Breast Sonography > Procedures > Anatomy and Physiology 2.0 2016
Breast Sonography > Procedures > Breast Interventions 1.0 2021
Breast Sonography > Procedures > Pathology 2.0 2016
Breast Sonography > Procedures > Surgical/Treatment Changes and Interventional Procedures 1.0 2016
Mammography > Image Production > Equipment Operation and Quality Assurance 10.0 2016
Mammography > Image Production > Image Acquisition and Quality Assurance 10.0 2020
Mammography > Patient Care > Education and Assessment 4.0 2016
Mammography > Patient Care > Patient Interactions and Management 4.0 2020
Mammography > Procedures > Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology 8.0 2016
Mammography > Procedures > Mammographic, Positioning, Special Needs, and Imaging Procedures 10.0 2016
Radiology Assistant > Procedures > Thoracic Section 4.0 2017

Mammography Initial Training - Option 2

  • Course ID: Mammo2Fellow-152-2015
  • Event Location: Advanced Health Education Center, 8502 Tybor Drive, Houston, Texas, USA, 77074
  • Credit: 40 Hours Category A
  • Date: 10/24/2024 - 10/28/2024
  • Time: 8:00 AM - 4:15 PM
  • $1,725.00

Tags: Mammography CE, Mammography Initial Training, Mammo CE, Continuing Education, ARRT, MQSA, Mammography