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Breast Sonographer

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.

Breast Sonography Careers

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 is voluntary, but certification 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.

Breast Sonography Certification

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) offers Breast Sonography 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, candidates must already hold ARRT registration in Radiography and Mammography, or Sonography (registration through ARDMS is also accepted), meet ethics requirements, document clinical experience, and pass the ARRT certification examination in breast sonography.

Annual renewal of registration is required to maintain the ARRT credential.

Breast Sonography Continuing Education (CE)

Once certified 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 registered in a discipline who become certified in additional disciplines maintain their original CE reporting schedule based upon their initial certification. The continuing education requirement is 24 credits, regardless of the number of ARRT certificates held by a registrant. Technologists who become certified in breast sonography within a biennium meet the CE requirement for that biennium.

For more information, check out the Continuing Education Requirements for Renewal of Registration.

Looking for CE credits? Check out CE|R.T.

In addition, any certifications 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).

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