What is an acceptable method for documenting the 40 contact hours of documented training specific to mammography?
The training program or facility providing the training should provide a signed letter(s) or other document(s) on official letterhead indicating that the trainee acquired at least 40 hours of training specific to mammography. The letter(s) or document(s) should include the following:
- a statement that the training included breast anatomy and physiology, positioning and compression, quality assurance/quality control techniques, imaging of patients with breast implants and, at least 8 hours in each mammographic modality used by the technologist during the training;
- a statement that the trainee performed at least 25 examinations under the direct supervision of a qualified radiologic technologist;
- the inclusive dates when the training was given;
- the name of the individual(s) supervising the performance of the 25 exams; and
- the signature of a responsible official of the facility or training program.
Training programs or facilities can include the actual time spent performing supervised examinations toward the 40 hour total. As guidance, however, no more than 12.5 hours of the required 40 should come from performing examinations. If training was obtained from more than one entity, each entity must provide its own letter documenting those areas that it covered. The total hours from all the letters must meet the requirement.
An example of acceptable documentation could read as follows:
During the dates [INCLUSIVE DATES], [NAME] received at least 40 contact hours of training specific to mammography, including breast anatomy and physiology, positioning and compression, quality assurance/quality control techniques, imaging of patients with breast implants, and at least 8 hours in each mammographic modality used by the technologist during the training. The training included the performance of 25 examinations under the direct supervision of [NAME(S) OF QUALIFIED SUPERVISOR(S)].
SIGNED BY RESPONSIBLE OFFICIAL