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Mammography Frequently Asked Questions

Mammography is a medical imaging modality that uses ionizing radiation to produce images of the breast for screening, diagnosis and treatment purposes. Graduates of the Mammography program are known as Mammographers.

Mammographers are educated in physics, radiation safety, breast anatomy and pathology, and patient care. Duties include the performance of breast imaging procedures, corroboration of patient's clinical history, patient preparation for procedures, operation of breast imaging equipment and associated devices, evaluation of breast images for technical quality, and assistance with interventional procedures and specific quality control tests. Excluding cancer of the skin, breast cancer is the most common cancer found in women, accounting for one in three cancers diagnosed in women each year. Most doctors feel that early detection tests for breast cancer save many thousands of lives each year.

Members of this profession mainly work in hospitals, outpatient care centers, and FDA/ACR-accredited diagnostic imaging centers under the supervision of board-certified radiologists. Most full-time mammographers work about 40 hours per week. They may, however, have evening and weekend hours. Opportunities for part-time and shift work also are available.

According to the 2015 U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics report, Radiologic Technologists held about 230,600 jobs in the United States in 2014, with over 45,000 of those professionals specializing in Mammography. With a continued focus on increased awareness regarding the need for screening mammograms and early detection of tumors and other abnormalities in the breasts, employment in this profession is expected to grow approximately 9 percent – through the year 2024.

The Mammography advanced certificate is a one-semester, seven-credit program that includes the core clinical procedures necessary to establish eligibility for ARRT Mammography certification. The Mammography program has a limited enrollment and is offered once a year, during the Fall semester, with a July 1st deadline.  In order to be considered for admission to this program, students must be graduates of an accredited Radiography program.

 Yes, in addition to enrolling at College of DuPage, a student must also complete a separate admissions process for this program. For details about this process, see the Mammography Admissions Packet.

Yes, the COD Mammography program is accredited by the North Centeral Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). In addition, the program policies and procedures have been designed to meet or exceed those established by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) and those set by the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA). Upon successful completion, students receive an Advanced Certificate in Mammography from the college and are eligible to take the national certification exam administered by the ARRT.

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