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Question 12: I am a technologist who wishes to become initially qualified as a radiologic technologist. I completed my 40 hours of initial mammography training in screen-film mammography and performed 25 mammograms under direct supervision but all the examinations were performed on a full field digital mammographic unit. Does this satisfy the regulatory requirement?

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Yes. While FDA recommends that personnel obtain initial experience using the same mammographic modality as used for the initial qualification, the regulations do not specifically require it. Therefore, examinations performed for the initial experience requirement do not have to be in the same mammographic modality as the examinations performed for the initial qualification.

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