Mammography Technologist I
Posted on: March 19, 2023
Under general supervision, operates dedicated and specialized
mammography radiographic equipment, formulates/calculates
techniques and positions patients to produce diagnostic images of
normal and abnormal human breast and associated tissue and related
unusual changes for the use by physicians in making medical
diagnoses. Within established/recognized scope of practice, uses
independent judgment in critiquing radiographs and images,
recognizing normal from abnormal tissue and taking additional
required views such as magnification.
- Upholds Kaiser Permanente's Policies and Procedures, Principles
of Responsibilities and applicable state, federal and local
- Essential Duties: Customer Service: Is responsive to the needs
of others by maintaining a professional behavior toward members and
coworkers and creating a positive image for the department, as
demonstrated by: Willingness to take the initiative to resolve
member issues. Handling a high number of member contacts. Dealing
with customer complaints in a positive way. Providing compassionate
service. Treating coworkers with respect and appreciation.
Fostering teamwork and thinking positively.
- Identifies the impact of cultural diversity and lifestyle
choices on patient condition and makes accommodations for such
- Demonstrates competence in the operation of dedicated and
complex mammography equipment in a patient care setting for the
purposes of obtaining definitive diagnosis for positive findings on
a mammogram. Consistently selects correct technical factors
relative to the requirements of the study and the patient's age,
body habitus and pathology. Consistently selects other equipment
settings/parameters (e.g. locks on equipment and tables, tube
placement, control panel settings, etc.) appropriately.
Consistently processes radiographic images properly, utilizing
automated equipment. Critiques images and makes necessary
adjustments in technical factors, patient positioning, etc. Uses
proper sterile technique and/or proper infection control technique.
Consistently operates imaging computer properly and in accordance
with department protocols. Conducts a patient interview to attain
full understanding of procedure and ultimately obtaining consent of
the patient. Demonstrates knowledge of, and consistently uses
ancillary equipment (e.g. catheters, guidewires, etc.)
- Demonstrates competence in the positioning of patients for
- Routinely positions patients accurately relative to the
requirements of the study including those with implants, taking
into consideration body habitus and location of lesion as stated in
the department protocols.
- Utilizes and selects precise positioning techniques involved
with additional/special views such as magnification, compression
relative to the patient's condition or findings seen on
- Maintains a comprehensive knowledge of, and ability to perform,
required mammography Q.C. for mammography according to the
requirements of the State of California and MQSA. Performs accurate
calibration of mammographic equipment.
- Age Specific Criteria: Demonstrates an understanding of the
cognitive, physical, emotional and chronological maturation process
in delivery of services to patients of the age group served. Able
to assess data reflective of the patient's status and interpret the
appropriate information needed to identify each patient's
requirements relative to his or her age specific needs and to
provide the care needed in accordance with department policy.
Neonatal Pediatric Adolescent Adult Geriatric Adjusts technical
factors relative to the requirements of the study and the physical
maturation of the patient. Modifies patient positioning techniques
relative to the patient's physical and cognitive abilities. Always
takes special care in handling, positioning and/or restraining
infants and geriatric patients to avoid injury or excessive
radiation exposure.Never leaves infant, pediatric or disoriented
geriatric patient unattended.
- Exercises Good Clinical Judgment Consults with the radiologist
or other clinician for purposes of clarifying orders. Selects
alternate or additional view appropriately relative to the
patient's condition. Produces high quality diagnostic images that
(1) are free from artifacts or blurred images caused by motion; (2)
demonstrate the area(s) of interest (3) exhibit the optimum
contrast/exposure needed to differentiate various types of normal
and abnormal tissue (e.g., mammary, muscle, fat, lymph). Does not
attempt to perform an exam in any case in which it cannot be
performed safely and/or properly.
- Documents clinical activities in a timely, comprehensive, and
accurate manner and maintains documentation as required by ACR,
MQSA, HCFA, State of California.
- Completes and initials the standard consultation form and the
Radiology Processing Record accurately and immediately following
each procedure. Accurately documents all pertinent information
regarding mammography and clinical breast examinations.
- ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR SENIOR TECHNOLOGIST
Provides functional direction to assigned staff. Consistently
assigns work to staff appropriately so that exams are performed in
a timely manner. Routinely provides timely feedback to management
regarding operational problems and personnel issues. Communicates
effectively with other departments to promote positive
interdepartmental relationships. Demonstrates organizational skills
and creativity in the resolution of operational problems within the
- ORGANIZATIONAL, RULES, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES Observes all
organizational, regional, medical service area and Diagnostic
Imaging Department policies and procedures. Is compliant with
organizational, regional and medical service area policies and
procedures. Observes Regional Radiation Safety Standards and
Department Safety Policies.
- QUALITY OF SERVICE Maintains standards of professional behavior
established to enhance quality of service. Greets members promptly
and courteously with eye contact and a pleasant expression and tone
of voice. Informs members of reason for any delays or anticipated
delays in their care. Treats patients in accordance with the
Patient's Bill of Rights. Conducts only work related conversations
when members are waiting for service.
- PROFESSIONAL MATURITY Demonstrates professional maturity in all
interactions with patients and staff. Strives to maintain good
working relationships and rapport with patients, other members of
the department and the health care team. Is flexible and
cooperative about schedule changes made to maximize productivity
and efficiency. Responds appropriately to constructive criticism
from supervisors and peers. Functions independently within defined
scope of position.
- PRODUCTIVITY Meets productivity norms achieved by peers within
- EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES, AND WORK AREA Maintains equipment,
supplies and work area in accordance with department guidelines.
Keeps equipment and work area clean at all times. Routinely handles
equipment with care to avoid damage. Reports equipment malfunctions
to supervisory staff promptly. Assume other activities and
responsibilities from time to time as directed.
- N/A Education
- N/A License, Certification, Registration
- CRT with Mammography certification.
- ARRT (must be obtained during the probationary period).
- CPR (BLS) (must be obtained during the probationary
- Ability to demonstrate and apply knowledge, principles and
practices of radiologic, mammographic techniques, breast
structures, anatomy, composition and pathology.
- Demonstrated ability to perform Quality control/Assurance
functions required for mammography as specified by State of
California and Mammography Quality Standards Act.
- Two years experience as a staff technologist.
Job Category: Imaging & Radiology
Keywords: Kaiser, San Diego , Mammography Technologist I, Healthcare , Ramona, California
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