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Kaiser Permanente Diagnostic Imaging Technician-Mammography I in Los Angeles, California

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 Permanente's 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 patient's 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 patient's 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 patient's status and interprets the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's 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 patient's physical and cognitive abilities with special consideration to the nature of the procedure and the patient's 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 patient's 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.

    Pay Grade: 26

    Basic Qualifications:


  • Minimum one (1) year of 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

  • Valid and current certificate in Mammography issued by the California State Department of Health Services, Radiologic Health Branch (CDPH).

  • Valid and current certificate as a Certified Radiologic Technologist (CRT) issued by the State of California of Health Services (CDPH).

  • Valid and current Registration as a Radiologic Technologist issued by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT-R).

  • American Heart Associate approved BLS.

    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 at least 3-5 years experience in mammo/X-ray.


  • Requires travel to cover the MOBs under the WLA service areas. Must be able to cover alternating Sat and Sunday shifts.


TITLE: Diagnostic Imaging Technician-Mammography I

LOCATION: Los Angeles, California

REQNUMBER: 1213713

External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status.