Revision History


All radiologic technologists performing mammography must meet the MQSA-required qualifications in the table below. The ACR also recommends that technologists performing mammography hold the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) post-primary certification in mammography.


Initial Qualifications
All of these:
  • Certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) OR the American Registry of Clinical Radiologic Technologists OR licensed to perform general radiographic procedures in a state AND
  • 40 hours of training in mammography (for those qualified after 4/28/99, this must include training in breast anatomy and physiology, positioning and compression, QA/QC techniques, and imaging of patients with breast implants), AND 25 mammography examinations under direct supervision of an appropriate MQSA-qualified individual, AND
  • 8 hours of training in using a mammographic modality (e.g., digital) before beginning to use that modality independently
Continuing Experience
Perform 200 mammographic examinations over a 24-month period
Continuing Education
15 Category 1 CEUs in mammography in a 36-month period


The ACR follows MQSA’s Final Regulations. MQSA does not require a registered technologist to hold the ARRT’s Advanced Registry in Mammography. As long as a licensed or certified technologist becomes and remains qualified, he/she may perform mammography independently. Please review the guidance regarding “Radiologic Technologist Overview” in the FDA's Policy Guidance Help System.


Personnel changes (other than changes in lead interpreting physician, which should be reported to the ACR immediately) should be reported when your facility renews its accreditation. The FDA or state MQSA inspector will verify the qualifications of your new personnel during your next inspection.


Additional information regarding acceptable credits for and documentation of continuing education is available here.



Revision History for this Article

Date

Section

Description of Revision(s)

12-12-19

All

Article created; FAQs incorporated; No criteria changes




Previous: Interpreting Physician: Mammography
Next: Medical Physicist: Mammography