Like I said, I, and all mammogram technologists, have been exactly where you are when you’re getting your exam. So we all know what you’re going through. It falls somewhere between a little nerve-racking to downright scary. But as patients, we technologists find it comforting to know that the person conducting the exam actually cares about us, our comfort and our well-being.
Our training is pretty extensive. We go to school for radiology where we study radiation physics, radiation anatomy and physiology, and learn to maintain and test the machines. After two to four years, we take our boards. If we choose to stay in mammography, there is an additional certification exam that licenses us as mammography technologists.
We consider ourselves detectives and our job is to help piece together the puzzle for the radiologist while keeping you as comfortable as possible. If that means casual conversation while we are performing your test, we love that! I’ve gotten some of the greatest makeup and hair tips from my patients. If it means being an empathetic shoulder to cry on, we’re here for that, too. So please tell us what you need…which leads me to my top four tips for a better mammogram experience: