Johnson County Hospital has educated and trained two technologists, Anne Dorn and Crystal Binder to become certified mammography technologists.
In order to perform mammograms a technologist must complete a minimum of 40 hours of contact training and 25 supervised mammograms. However, Johnson County Hospital decided to further invest in the technologists and have them become certified mammographers, which required an additional 75 supervised mammograms and more than 50 competency verifications.
Both Anne and Crystal began their training last May. Crystal received her certification from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in January and Anne received her certification in the beginning of March. With the addition of Anne and Crystal as certified mammography technologist, Johnson County hospital now has three credentialed staff members (Anne, Crystal and JoLene Bartels) who can perform mammograms.
Johnson County Hospital has seen an increase in the number of patients receiving mammograms since they acquired their digital mammography equipment in 2011. In order to better serve the community Johnson County Hospital felt it important to increase services from two days of limited hours to five days. This effort was made possible from funds obtained from the Nebraska Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and in January Johnson County Hospital increased its services.
Johnson County Hospital has performed 70 mammograms since increasing their days of service. “One out of eight women will unfortunately be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime,
and the success of their treatment is early detection,” said Anne Dorn, Radiology Department Director. “Our goal is to increase the number of women who get their annual mammograms, which will also allow us to detect cancer in its early stages. We are doing this by providing more access to mammography in our rural area, because we know that providing excellent healthcare locally is a great benefit for our patients.”