Breast sonographers use nonionizing, high-frequency sound waves to image the breast to assist physicians in making diagnoses. They work in hospitals, clinics, offices, and outpatient centers.
Technologists working in breast sonography create images to help detect breast cancer, track tumors, and make biopsies of breast tissue as accurate as possible. ARRT certification and registration is voluntary, but certification and registration in breast sonography may help those seeking a career in breast sonography.
ARRT doesn't provide a list of job postings within the profession. However, breast sonographers
seeking a position may want to check the ASRT JobBank.
Certification and Registration
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) offers
certification and registration as part of its mission to recognize qualified individuals
in medical imaging, radiation therapy, and interventional procedures. To be eligible
for ARRT Breast Sonography certification and registration, candidates must already hold ARRT certification and registration in Radiography and Mammography, or Sonography (registration through ARDMS is also accepted), meet ethics requirements, document clinical experience, and pass the ARRT certification and registration examination in breast sonography.
Annual renewal of certification and registration is required to maintain the ARRT credential.
Continuing Education (CE)
Once certified and registered in breast sonography, Registered Technologists (R.T.s) must complete 24
Category A or A+ continuing education (CE) credits each biennium — a two-year period
that begins at the start of his or her birth month.
Technologists already certified and registered in a discipline who become certified and registered in additional disciplines maintain their original CE reporting schedule based upon their initial certification and registration. The continuing education requirement is 24 credits, regardless of the number of ARRT certificates held by a registrant. Technologists who become certified and registered in breast sonography within a biennium meet the CE requirement for that biennium.
For more information, check out the Continuing Education Requirements.
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In addition, any certifications and registrations earned in any category beginning January 1, 2011,
are time limited to 10 years, at which time R.T.s will need to demonstrate continued
qualifications as part of the
Continuing Qualifications Requirements (CQR).