Mammogram technicians operate x-ray, ultrasound, and various other forms of imaging equipment to examine breast tissue for abnormalities. Technicians are responsible for properly capturing representations of cysts, tumors, lesions, or masses. He or she typically works in hospitals or medical clinics and ensures clear images that are then sent on to radiologists, oncologists, or general practitioners for accurate diagnoses. Mammogram technicians keep patients calm, comfortable, and ensure the entire process is as friendly as possible. He or she decides upon the best possible patient position to yield the highest quality image. Mammogram technicians may consult with surgeons or physicians to offer their opinion on any findings.
Other common duties include: taking patient histories, explaining procedures, handling billing, processing patient records, transporting files and films, performing clerical tasks, researching information for physicians or patients, training staff, and repairing equipment.
Mammogram technicians are required to complete a minimum of an Associate’s degree in radiology, ultrasound technology, or sonography. Some employers may require technicians to be licensed. Mammogram technicians are also required to have the following skills: human anatomy training, communication skills, knowledge of medical terminology, knowledge of health care ethics, pathology training, proper testing skills, excellent patient interaction skills, attention to detail, research skills, reporting skills, and proper film handling skills.
The typical average salary of an experienced mammogram technician is about $75,000 per year. Starting salaries average about $57,000 per year. Technicians working in private clinics may have a higher earning potential.