Mammography Day 2021 is on Sunday, October 17, 2021: Mammography tech?
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To become a mammographer, you need to first become a licensed radiologic technologist. After you have that license, you can do on the job training to learn mammography. You will need to take a special mammography exam to be able to get licensed to do mammography.
There are many schools in many states where you can get trained to be a radiologic technologist (the proper term for a x-ray tech). You can attend a hospital based program (and earn a certificate), a 2 year college program (AS degree), and even a 4 year college program (BS degree). The hospital based programs are the least expensive, and honestly, I think the education received there is superior. Once you graduate and take your registry exam, no future employer is going to care what type of educational program you went through. All they care about is your license. You can find an accredited RT program at this site. Just search "radiography" and your state...links are provided which will give you additional information on each program (cost, duration of program, contact person):
RTs do more than just x-rays of bones. We do fluoroscopy studies (involving the intestinal tract and barium), arthrograms (assisting the radiologist with injecting contrast or dye into joints for evaluation) and myelograms (assisting the radiologist with injecting contrast into the spinal canal). If you work in a hospital setting, you will do portable exams in ICU, CCU, the ER and even surgery. Some RTs take x-rays in the morgue.
Most RTs will also become proficient and licensed in other modalities, such as mammography, CT and/or MRI. This training does not require any additional formal training, and is usually learned on the job. The more licenses you have, the more money you can make, as you will be in higher demand. With additional schooling, you can also do ultrasound.
Well, I work in a free standing imaging center. My office is only open M-F, 8:00-5:00. No weekends, nights or call work. In a hospital, most imaging departments are staffed 24 hours a day. You could be scheduled to work nights, PM shifts, weekends, holidays....anytime really!
I highly recommend you do an observation in both a hospital imaging department and a free standing imaging facility. Until you see what RTs do, you won't know if it is the job for you! It would also give you a wonderful opportunity to talk to RTs in your area. Best wishes.....
Oh, another good resource....check out the student area of the ASRT website:
The American Society of Radiologic Technologists just did a large salary survey, in 2007. The salary varies, depending on your experience, specialties and geographical area. For example, the annual income of a RT/mammographer in Alabama was $46,413. In California, the average RT/mammographer salary is $74,464. To view, the survey, and see the average salary in your state, you can go to this link:
What is the official day to wear pink for Breast Cancer Awareness? ?
The 27th (Monday) is "officially" pink ribbon day. Almost every breast cancer organization has some special day set aside to concentrate on breast cancer awareness such as Lee Denim Day, Passionately Pink for the Cure, Mammography day, etc, etc.
If you want to organize something for a different day, I think that's just fine. The thing that matters is that you care enough to make the effort and want to make a difference.
when is breast cancer awareness day and month?
The whole month of October, if you want to get specific:
October 13: Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day
October 17: National Mammography Day
So either one, or any day in October....Good For You. :) I had breast cancer too, and so did my father.
I hope you raise a good amount of money to donate.