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Health Professions: Radiologic Technology Program



The Radiologic Technology Program offers a Mammography specialization opportunity with its own certification exam.

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Course Description

The 3, 1 credit Mammography Courses are offered through Distance Learning. Computer competency and self-motivation are required for successful completion of these online classes.

Anatomy and Positioning of the Breast
RAD 233 • 1 credit
Presents the risk factors for breast disease, anatomy and physiology of the breast and discusses the various pathologies identified through mammography. Includes routine and special projections of the breast. Prerequisite: ARRT or eligible. Lecture 1 hour per week.

Breast Imaging/Instrumentation
RAD 234 • 1 credit

Discusses the dedicated radiography equipment necessary for breast imaging. Includes proper technical factors, radiation protection techniques, and proper accessory equipment. Prerequisite: ARRT or eligible. Lecture 1 hour per week.

Quality Assurance in Mammography
RAD 235 • 1 credit

Discusses the components of quality assurance in mammography and the accreditation programs developed to ensure quality in breast imaging facilities. Prerequisite: ARRT or eligible. Lecture 1 hour per week


Tidewater Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Associate Degree.


Radiography Course Descriptions

Contact the Instructor

Ellyn Hodgis M. Ed. R.T.(R)(M)
Phone:  757-822-7462
Fax:  757-822-7503



Program Goals

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Prepare the student didactically for the ARRT advanced registry in Mammography
  • Provide continuing education to the registered mammography technologist



Topics of Discussion

• RAD 233



o Breast anatomy and physiology
o Breast pathology-benign and malignant
o Mammographic Positioning
o Imaging of the augmented breast
o Patient Risk factors/ACS guidelines
o Breast cancer treatment

• RAD 234



o Mammographic technique
o Mammographic unit
o Accessory equipment
o Mammographic physics
o Radiation protection
o Film screen mammography
o Digital mammography

• RAD 235


o Quality assurance
o Quality control procedures
o Facility inspection



Admission Requirements

  • Student must be an ARRT Registered Technologist, or must be registry eligible.
  • The student must obtain permission from an FDA approved mammography facility to perform a clinical rotation.
  • Students must be admitted to Tidewater Community College.
  • Students must register in advance and submit payment upon registration