POSTPRIMARY PATHWAY: BREAST SONOGRAPHY
WORKING IN BREAST SONOGRAPHY
A breast sonogram is a specialized procedure often used to follow up an abnormal mammogram or clinical exam. As a breast sonographer, you’ll use a transducer on the patient’s breast to produce ultrasound images. A doctor will then analyze the images and use them in diagnosis. You might also assist with interventional procedures, such as biopsies.
Breast sonograms are noninvasive—and they don’t use radiation. Nevertheless, your patients might be nervous or have questions about the procedure. With ARRT credentials in breast sonography, you’ll have the knowledge to explain the process, capture the best images possible, and provide a calming presence to your patients.
GET STARTED ON YOUR CREDENTIAL
To earn credentials in Breast Sonography using the postprimary pathway, you must maintain compliance with the ARRT Standards of Ethics and fulfill additional requirements in structured education, clinical experience, and examination. You must also meet a supporting discipline prerequisite. For Breast Sonography, you must first be certified and registered in both Radiography and Mammography or in Sonography alone. Your Sonography credentials may be through ARRT or the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
To get started, review these important Breast Sonography documents:
- Postprimary Discipline Handbook
- Structured Education Requirements—through Jun. 30, 2021
- Structured Education Requirements—effective Jul. 1, 2021
- Clinical Experience Requirements
- Examination Content Specifications—through Jun. 30, 2021
- Examination Content Specifications—effective Jul. 1, 2021
- Task Inventory—through Jun. 30, 2021
- Task Inventory—effective Jul. 1, 2021
Next, use our online tool as a guide for completing and logging your clinical experience and structured education activities. Once you’ve finished those steps, you’ll be ready to apply online—and soon after that, you can schedule your exam.
Earning a postprimary credential is challenging, yet very rewarding. If you have questions along the way, we’re here to help. Take a look at our postprimary FAQs, send us a message, or call us for more information.