Mammography technician - Salary and Career
Technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods

Mammography technician - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They perform diagnostic or treatment exams, process images and/or graphics, plan care, organize the work area, equipment and accessories, operate equipment, prepare patients for diagnostic or treatment exams, act in the orientation of patients, family members and caregivers and work with biosecurity.

How much does an Mammography technician earn

A Mammography technician earns between $1.707 and $4.405 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.332 and a median salary of $2.129 according to an salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 14.096 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Mammography technician

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.332 27.978 583 17
1º Quartile 1.707 20.487 427 13
Median Salary 2.129 25.543 532 16
3º Quartile 3.359 40.311 840 25
Higher Salary 4.405 52.857 1.101 32

Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • middle-level technicians in the biological, biochemical, health sciences
      • technicians in operation of diagnostic equipment and instruments
        • technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods

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Main workplaces

Technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods they perform their duties in medical, dental and ophthalmic clinics, outpatient clinics, hospitals and specialized laboratories. They are salaried employees, with a formal contract, but some can work as self-employed. They work in a team, supervised by doctors, permanently and/or occasionally. They work in shifts, indoors and most subject to radiation and toxic material.

What does it take to work in the field of Technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods

The exercise of these occupations requires higher education in technology in the operation of medical, dental and ophthalmic equipment and high school technical training, except for the spirometry technician, whose requirement is high school, plus a specific course, offered by professional training institutions, technical schools and training institutions in higher technology courses. Professional experience is not required for the technological level for the technical level, it occurs after experience of less than one year in the area, noting that for the spirometry technician, the full performance of the activities occurs after the performance and analysis of at least 200 exams. Professional apprenticeship may be required for Positions listed in this occupational family.

Functions and activities of Mammography technician

Technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods must:

  • guide the patient;
  • planning service;
  • planner attendance;
  • plan care;
  • working with biosafety;
  • process images and/or graphics;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • process images and/or graphics;
  • organize workspace, equipment and accessories;
  • arrange workspace, equipment and accessories;
  • communicate;
  • orient patient;
  • planejar service;
  • work with biosafety;
  • perform diagnostic or treatment exams;
  • perform diagnostic or treatment examinations;
  • advise patient;
  • planning attendance;
  • organize work area, equipment and accessories;
  • care plan;
  • prepare patient for diagnostic examination;
  • planned attendance;
  • work with biosafety;
  • guide patient;
  • plan attendance;
  • planar attendance;
  • advise the patient;

  • Activities

    • analyze technical quality of exams;
    • transmit security;
    • elaborate graphics devices;
    • check the anatomical area demarcated for examination and/or treatment;
    • demonstrate analytical reasoning ability;
    • demonstrate verbal communication skills;
    • demonstrate understanding for the patient;
    • isolate workspace for exam;
    • administer pharmacological and/or radioactive substances;
    • process film in the darkroom;
    • replace expired medicines and materials;
    • interact with entities and other professionals;
    • demonstrate proactivity;
    • instruct patient on exam preparation;
    • train the patient in the handling of optical and non-optical resources;
    • install equipment;
    • monitor work area contamination;
    • check availability of exam material;
    • measure the patient's height and weight;
    • adjust equipment;
    • monitor the exam's image record;
    • adapt technical protocols to the exam;
    • work as a team;
    • complementary examination;
    • interview patient;
    • document exams;
    • packaging sharp materials for disposal;
    • clear doubts;
    • handle radioactive substances;
    • check understanding of orientation;
    • advise the patient and/or companion and assistants on the procedures during the exam;
    • perform searches;
    • adjust the patient's position to the exam;
    • monitor the patient's reactions to contrasts and/or medications;
    • manage human, financial and material resources;
    • perform trichotomy;
    • advise patient about care after the exam;
    • delimit the image acquisition area;
    • measure functions of the visual apparatus;
    • check technical conditions of equipment and accessories;
    • assist in radiotherapy treatment planning;
    • report;
    • monitor the patient through equipment;
    • record performed exams;
    • check availability of radiation protection devices;
    • administer contrast agents and/or medications under medical supervision;
    • demonstrate adaptability;
    • perform antisepsis;
    • demonstrate focused attention;
    • distribute tasks;
    • providing cleaning and asepsis of the room and equipment;
    • check physical and psychological conditions and patient preparation;
    • provide advice;
    • making molds and models;
    • calibrate equipment;
    • provide additional patient preparation;
    • move portable equipment;
    • delimit the field to be irradiated;
    • implement actions to promote and prevent eye health;
    • containing radioactive materials for transport or disposal;
    • check equipment;
    • develop programs to promote and prevent eye health;
    • put protective devices on the patient;
    • schedule preventive maintenance of equipment;
    • demonstrate negotiation skills;
    • instrument eye surgery;
    • advise the patient in the care of contact lenses;
    • provide cleaning and asepsis of the room and equipment;
    • isolate workspace for examination;
    • educate patient on exam preparation;
    • monitor the tracing record (graphic) of the exam;
    • get patient information;
    • perform a radiometric survey;
    • analyze graphic records;
    • monitor the patient's behavioral reactions;
    • demonstrate fine motor skills;
    • assemble emergency medicine cart;
    • submit the examination to medical examination;
    • request equipment maintenance;
    • organizing work team;
    • supervise technical staff;
    • receive request for exams and/or patient record;
    • demonstrate understanding towards the patient;
    • handle contrast media;
    • describe the patient's conditions and reactions during the examination;
    • adapt agenda for priority patient care;
    • provide additional patient preparations;
    • adjust equipment and accessories to the patient and the type of exam and/ or treatment;
    • operate equipment;
    • wearing;
    • monitor the team's dosimetric report;
    • package radioactive materials for transport or disposal;
    • empower technical staff;
    • stimulate the patient to reach the acceptance and reproducibility criteria (guidelines from sbpt);
    • initialize equipment;
    • patient scheduling plan;
    • immobilize the patient;
    • organize work team;
    • receive request for exams and/or patient's chart;
    • request material replacement;
    • monitor radioactive waste for disposal;
    • demonstrate leadership ability;
    • initialize image acquisition, processing, distribution and storage systems ;
    • submit to periodic examinations;
    • discuss the case with the work team;
    • eliminate interference from other devices;
    • assist the patient to put on and take off the equipment;
    • edit images;
    • remove mobile prostheses and patient adornments;
    • determine the removal of persons not involved in the exam;
    • advise the patient about the procedures before and after eye surgery;
    • advise the patient about care after the exam;
    • perform manual or computerized cephalometric tracing;
    • place electrodes on patient;
    • apply administrative procedures;
    • analyze exam request and/or patient record;
    • monitor work area contamination;
    • log data;
    • sanitize the patient;
    • use personal protective equipment;
    • manipulate digital images;
    • give lectures and courses;
    • demonstrate organization;
    • perform breast support;
    • applying administrative procedures;
    • select material for exam;
    • request the presence of other professionals involved in the exam;
    • make exam results available;
    • educate technical staff;
    • perform preventive and corrective maintenance of ophthalmic equipment;
    • explain procedures and routines;
    • organize darkroom and lightroom;
    • use dosimeter (measurement of radiation received);
    • order the sequence of exams;
    • perform preselection of the best accepted graphic;
    • develop new technologies;
    • work under pressure;
    • demonstrate proactiveness;
    • participate in area events;
    • identify exam;
    • confirm patient identity;
    • evaluate extrinsic ocular motility;
    • minimize the time of exposure to radiation;
    • collect material from the ocular surface;
    • demonstrate procedures and techniques;
    • analyze processed image rejects;
    • demonstrate ability to maintain confidentiality;
    • remove movable prostheses and patient adornments;
    • remove patient from the equipment;
    • offering protection resources to other professionals and companions present;
    • prepare the operating table;
    • elaborate tables of exposure to radiographic technique;

    Sectors that hire Mammography technician the most in the job market

    • hospital care activities
    • diagnostic imaging services using ionizing radiation
    • service activities in emergency room and hospital units for emergency care
    • tomography services
    • health management support activities
    • complementary diagnostic and therapeutic services activities
    • temporary labor lease
    • clinical laboratories
    • outpatient medical activity with resources for performing complementary exams
    • activities of associations for the defense of social rights

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