Mammographer I, II

  • Job Reference: 619435234-2
  • Date Posted: 9 June 2022
  • Recruiter: Advocate Aurora Health
  • Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Healthcare & Medical
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Major Responsibilities:

  • Performs screening and diagnostic mammograms as well as invasive mammography exams on physician referred patients according to established clinical protocols and MQSA Quality Guidelines.
    •     1)Delivers patient care in accordance with department/hospital standards; changes to adapt to customer/department needs.
    •     2)Uses proper telephone ettiquette at all times.
    •     3)Accurately documents patient images electronically.
    •     4)Positions the breast to obtain the appropriate standard and alternative views.
    •     5)Adjusts positioning and technique for thorough quality exam based on patient's anatomy and condition.
    •     6)Keeps patient informed and encourages patient to ask questions regarding own care.
    •     7)Applies radiation protection to patient in accordance with accepted radiation protection standards for mammography.
    •     8)Documents patient history and other pertinent clinical information in RIS or Penrad computer database,when available, designed for this purpose.
    •     9)Selects technical factors to ensure appropriate capture of digital images.
  • Prepares and processes patient clinical and demographic information using RIS and ensures the accuracy of historic and current information.
    •     3)Secures patient consent forms as may be required; these consents include Pregnancy Consent and Authorization Form to Release Medical Information and Consent for Interventional Procedures.
    •     4)Documents the presence of a physical lump, moles or other skin lesions with markers indicationg location of anatomical scars, previous surgical sites or other abnormalities.
    •     5)Documents procedure information in RIS
    •     6)Acknowleges patient exam completion in RIS.
    •     1)Secures or otherwise makes arrangements for mammography films/cd's performed elsewhere to be sent to the Advocate Condell Breast Imaging Center.
    •     2)Obtains current personal and family history of breast disease
  • Prepares mammographic images, scans documentation and determines when radiographic exam adheres to department standard for interpretation by the Radiologist.
    •     1)Procures historical images and prepares these images for review by the Radiologist.
    •     2)Ensures the presence of any previous diagnostic or pathology reports.
    •     3)Prepares current images for dictation by ensuring proper image identification and scanning orders into PACs.
    •     4)Ensures all paperwork, forms and diagrams are complete and accurate and merged into PACs therefore ready for use by the supervising Radiologist.
    •     5)Provides accurate notes detailing any comments, unique circumstances or observation in Medical Record that will aid the Radiologist in dictating the mammographic report.
    •     6)Processes and sends to the appropriate areas, procedure requisitons, history forms, consents and other documentation as it may be generated.
  • Provides pre-procedure, procedure and post-procedure education and instruction to the patient appropriate to the patient's needs and requirements.
    •     3)Demonstration of how the equipment operates, the use of compression and address any questions the patient may have on a procedural basis, the technologist must be able to identify the anxious and fearful patient and be able to modify both the mammographic routine and their communication style in order to reduce the patient's anxiety and complete the study.
    •     4)On a post-procedure basis, the mammography technologist must be able to describe in sufficient detail the process by which the images will be processed and read by the Radiologists and how the diagnostic reports are communicated to the referring physician and how layman report is sent to patient's home.
    •     5)Maintains patient modesty and confidentiality throughout the entire patient visit.
    •     6)The technologist must be viewed as being helpful to the patient by facilitating or directing the patient to other resources in the patient's quest to seek additional information or address other issues outside the scope of the mammography service; the technologist must offer to assist this patient in this effort.
    •     7)Properly labels and identifies specimens to go to lab.
    •     1)Participates in advanced mammographic procedures such as needle localizations and specimen radiographs.
    •     2)On a pre-procedure basis, establishes patient comfort by familiarizing the patient with the equipment and aspects of the procedure to be performed.
  • Delivery of Patient Care in accordance with departmental standards of continued quality improvement.
    •     1)Follows Accrediting Organization requirements regarding safety and protection of patients and staff.
    •     2)Must promote patient safety by reporting of issues through established channels and participating as requested in saftey initiatives.
    •     3)Demonstrates excellent communication skills by answering questions from all customers in an appropriate and respectful manner.
    •     4)Takes an active role in making sure the general appearance of the department is clean, uncluttered and calm.
    •     5)Maintains positive customer relations following prescribed department policies.
    •     6)Participates in team problem solving issues that would improve patient care, department operations, image quality, interdepartmental relationships and employee satisfaction.
    •     7)Identifies each patient correctly, using two forms of identification prior to starting procedure.
  • Performs mammography equipment quality control and quality assurance tests established to meet MQSA Quality Control/Quality Assurance Standards and equipment manufacturer's recommendations.
    •     1)Performs start-up and shut-down procedures according to established procedures.
    •     2)Performs equipment warm-up and calibration tests according to manufacturer's recommended frequency.
    •     3)Performs equipment QC testing according to manufacturer's recommended frequency.
    •     4)Cleans and disinfects equipment surfaces that come into direct contact with the patient's skin.
  • Ensure a secure and safe patient and work environment by maintaining continued awareness of safety hazards.
    •     1)Adheres to safety practices and provides a safe work environment for self and others.
    •     2)Must promote patient safey by reporting of issues through established channels and participate as requested in safety initiatives.
    •     3)Reports any equipment issues to facilities department and removes equipment from service if needed


Education/Experience Required:

  • - Graduate of AMA Approved Program in Radiologic Technology - Must pass ARRT Mammo certification with in 6 months of hire. - Must pass ARRT Radiography certification with in 3 months of hire. - 40 hours of specialized training and continuing education in mammography - Knowledge of breast anatomy - Needs to be able to recognize needs and behaviors of a variety of age groups of patients treated, i.e. understand the differences of female growth and development, and look for signs of normal aging; degree of under- standing and physical limitation related to age


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required:

  • - Good verbal and written communication skills - Ability to handle anxious and fearful patients - Demonstrated technical skills as a radiographer -Knowledge of mammography positioning.
  • - Registered Radiologic Technologist/ARRT - IEMA License


Physicial Requirements and Working Conditions:

  • - Position best performed by a female who enjoys working with women in health related issues - Must understand and take serious the social and psychological issues associated with mammography and breast cancer. - Must keep informed of changes in regulatory requirements, including FDA, IEMA, ACR, and MQSA - Must engage in continuous learning and review of new and emerging technologies - Must be flexible and be able to adapt to a rapidly changing environment and growing patient volume - Must demonstrate confidence in one's own ability and have a calming effect on patients and others -Ability to adjust to flexible hours at minimal notice as required. -Ability to work holidays and weekends -May be exposed to hazardous materials and life-threatening diseases -Perform emergency procedures as required -Requires good judgement, needs reliability, responsibility, independent thought and action -Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with established time constraints -Must be conscientious in practicing high quality patient care. -Must have good oral and written communication skills -Ability to lift and move patients. Heavy lifting: 50-100 pounds occasionally and/or 25 to 50 pound frequently and/or 10-20 pounds constantly. -This postilion can recognize needs and behaviors of the following age groups: pediatric(newborn, toddler, school age), adolescent, adult, older adult. Evidence of this can be shown by recognizing levels of development and modifying approach and exhibiting communication skills necessary to interpret age specific responses.
  • If position has direct patient care or direct patient contact the following lifting requirement supersedes any previous lifting requirement effective 06/01/2015. Ability to lift up to 35 pounds without assistance. For patient lifts of over 35 pounds, or when patient is unable to assist with the lift, patient handling equipment is expected to be used, with at least one other associate, when available. Unique patient lifting/movement situations will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.


Addendum: ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

This job description indicates the general nature and level of work expected of the incumbent. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required of the incumbent. Incumbent may be required to perform other related duties.