• How do I know when the 36-month period begins and ends for reporting mammography credits to the MQSA?

    Ask your facility supervisor for the date of your upcoming MQSA inspection. Typically, MQSA inspectors count credits for the 36 months prior to the inspection. So if the facility is being inspected in November of 2015, the inspector will calculate credits earned from December 2012 to the date of the inspection. Please note that some inspectors may use a quarterly reporting system, which could modify the time frame. Your facility supervisor should be prepared to answer this question.

  • Will I receive CE credit for passing the ARRT mammography certification examination?

    Yes. You will earn 24 Category A credits once you become certified in mammography if taken before January 1, 2018. To add the credits to your CE record, refer to our track and transfer guidelines. These credits can count toward the 15 mammography credits required by the MQSA during your 36-month period as determined by the date of your facility inspection. Please confirm the dates of the inspection and your biennium.

  • How does the ASRT help me meet MQSA’s ongoing CE requirements?

    Through Directed Reading articles that you receive as a member, you are guaranteed a minimum of 5 mammography credits per year to help you meet MQSA and state licensure requirements. To receive this content, please select mammography as your journal preference on your member profile. To update your journal preference, go to Update My Profile.

  • Do I need to be certified in mammography to perform mammography exams?

    You must complete the initial MQSA and applicable state requirements.

    1. Receive your specific state licensing requirements. Both initial and continuing education requirements vary by state, so please check with your state licensing agency to confirm if your state requires specific courses and which CE credits your state accepts.
    2. Receive your board certification through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists or the American Registry of Clinical Radiography Technologists.
    3. Receive 40 hours of initial training in mammography, which includes breast anatomy, physiology, positioning, compression, quality assurance and quality control techniques, and imaging of patients with breast implants.
    4. Complete 25 mammography examinations under the supervision of an MQSA-qualified individual.
    5. Obtain 8 hours of initial mammography modality-specific training within each modality prior using that modality independently The modalities include full-field digital mammography, digital breast tomosynthesis, screen film mammography and xeromammography. For more information about modalities, read the FDA definition of modalities.

  • What documentation do I need to provide at the time of inspection?

    At the time of inspection, you must provide state licensure, board certification and initial training requirement documents as well as certificates of completion for the 36-month period prior to the inspection. You also will need to produce continuing experience documentation for the completion of 200 mammograms performed during the 36 months prior to the inspection.

  • Do I need digital mammography credits to perform these exams?

    You must meet the MQSA ongoing CE requirements to earn 15 credits in mammography every three years. The credits may be in either analog or digital mammography. There is an initial one-time only digital mammography requirement for 8 hours of digital mammography training prior to performing digital mammography exams.

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