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Diagnostic Imaging Technologist - Mammography

Primary Location Los Angeles, California Worker Location Onsite Facility West Los Angeles Medical Center Job Number 1281430 Date posted 06/04/2024
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Job Summary:

Under general supervision, operates dedicated and specialized mammography radiographic equipment; formulates/calculates techniques and positions patients to produce diagnostic images of normal and abnormal human breast and associated tissue and related unusual changes for the use by physicians in making medical diagnoses.  Within established/recognized scope of practice, uses independent judgment in critiquing radiographs and images, recognizing normal from abnormal tissue and taking additional required views such as magnification.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Upholds Kaiser Permanentes Policies and Procedures, Principles of Responsibilities and applicable state, federal and local laws.  Operates dedicated and complex mammography equipment in a patient care setting for the purpose of obtaining definitive diagnosis for positive findings on a mammogram.  Selects correct technical factors relative to the  requirements of the study and the patients age, body habitus and pathology. Consistently processes radiographic images properly, utilizing automated equipment.  Critiques image and makes necessary adjustments in technical factors, patient positioning, etc. Demonstrates knowledge of, and consistently uses, proper sterile techniques, and/or proper infection control technique. Conducts a patient interview to attain full understanding of procedure and ultimately obtaining consent of the patient.

  • Assists with orientation and training of students and other Radiologic Technologists in all aspects of positioning, compression, exposure factors, film processing and quality assurance/control.

  • Positions patients for mammography images. Accurately position patients including those with implants, taking into consideration body habitus and location of lesion.  Utilizes and selects precise positioning techniques involved with additional/special views such as magnification, compression relative to the patients condition or findings seen on images.

  • Maintains a comprehensive knowledge of, and ability to perform required mammography Q.C. for mammography according to the requirements of the State of California and Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA)  Utilizes mammography equipment appropriately to perform Q.C. Functions.

  • Observes Regional and department safety policies.

  • Considers the cognitive, physical, emotional and chronological maturation process in delivery of services to patients of the age group served.  Assesses data reflective of the patients status and interprets the appropriate information needed to identify each patients requirements relative to his or her age-specific needs and provides the care needed in accordance with department policy.  Adjusts technical factors relative to the requirements of the study.  Modifies patient positioning techniques relative to the patients physical and cognitive abilities with special consideration to the nature of the procedure and the patients ability and willingness to cooperate under the tense circumstances.  To the extent possible, positions patients in such a way as to avoid as much discomfort as possible.  Stays in continual contact with any disoriented or confused patient.

  • Exercises clinical judgment within the scope of practice.  Consults with the radiologist or other clinician for purposes of clarifying orders and questionable images/structure.  Selects alternate or additional views appropriately relative to the patients condition or findings seen on the images.  Produces high quality diagnostic images that (1) are free from artifacts or blurred images caused by motion.; (2) demonstrate the area(s) of interest (3) exhibit the optimum contrast/exposure needed to differentiate various types of normal and abnormal tissue ( e.g., mammary, muscle, fat, lymph).

  • Documents clinical activities in a timely, comprehensive and accurate manner and maintains documentation as required by ACR, MQSA, State of California Department of Public Health (CDPH)

  • Completes and signs the standard consultation form and/or the processing of imaging records accurately and immediately following each procedure.

  • Accurately documents all pertinent information regarding mammography and clinical breast examinations.

  • May be required to perform routine radiographic examinations as needed.

  • May perform other duties as required.
Basic Qualifications:


  • Minimum 1 year recent experience (within the last 12 months) as a Radiologic Technologist including the performance of routine mammographic examinations/procedures in an acute care medical center, outpatient breast center or other FDA-certified facility.

  • May substitute 1 year recent experience in the performance of routine mammographic with verifiable equivalent mammography training in affiliated approved schools.

  • Per the National Agreement, current KP Coalition employees have this experience requirement waived.


  • N/A

License, Certification, Registration

  • Certified Radiologic Technologist - Mammography Certificate (California)

  • Radiologic Technologist Certificate (California)

  • Basic Life Support

  • Radiologic Technologist Certification from American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to demonstrate and apply knowledge, principles and practices of radiologic, mammographic techniques, breast structures, anatomy, composition and pathology.

  • Demonstrated ability to perform Quality Control/Assurance functions required for mammography as specified by the State of California and Mammography Quality Standards Act.

  • Maintain compliance with all current organizational, state and federal regulations pertaining to required number and types of mammographic examinations to be performned within a specific time period; compliance with all required Continuing Education (Ces) in Mammography.

  • Demonstrated ability to perform all Q.C. functions including but not limited to phantom testing, daily QC, repeat analysis, compression check, screen film contact etc.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of passing the advanced certification examination in Mammography issued by the ARRT (M).

  • Preferred candidate must have 3-5 years experience


  • Must be able to perform AIDET with all interactions with staff/physicians/members.

  • This position requires traveling to cover the MOBs under the West LA service area. Must be able to cover alternating Saturday and Sunday shifts.

Primary Location: California,Los Angeles,West Los Angeles Medical Center Scheduled Weekly Hours: 1 Shift: Day Workdays: Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat Working Hours Start: 08:30 AM Working Hours End: 05:30 PM Job Schedule: Per Diem Job Type: Standard Worker Location: Onsite Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: B01|SEIU|Local 399 Job Level: Individual Contributor Department: West LA Medical Center - Mammography - 0806 Pay Range: $65.08 - $70.39 / hour The ranges posted above reflect the location in the job posting. The salary range may vary if you reside in a different location or state than the location posted. Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time On-site: Work location is on-site (KP designated office, medical office building or hospital). Worker location must align with Kaiser Permanente's Authorized States policy. At Kaiser Permanente, equity, inclusion and diversity are inextricably linked to our mission, and we aim to make it a part of everything we do. We know that having a diverse and inclusive workforce makes Kaiser Permanente a better place to receive health care, a more supportive partner in our communities we serve, and a more fulfilling place to work. Working at Kaiser Permanente means that you agree to and abide by our commitment to equity and our expectation that we all work together to create an inclusive work environment focused on a sense of belonging and wellbeing.

Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status. Submit Interest