A mammography medical physicist performs mammography equipment evaluations and annual surveys on mammography units.
Code Citation Code of Iowa 641, Chapter 41
Who Applies Any individual wanting to provide medical physicist surveys of mammography facilities and provide oversight of the facility\\’s quality assurance program in the State of Iowa.
When To Apply After the completion of academic and clinical requirements.
Initial Requirements 1. Be Iowa approved; and 2. Have a master’s degree or higher in a physical science from an accredited institution, with no less than 20 semester hours or 30 quarter hours of college undergraduate or graduate level physics; 3. Have 20 contact hours of documented specialized training in conducting surveys of mammography facilities; and 4. Have experience conducting surveys in at least one mammography facility and have a total of at least 10 mammography units. No more than one survey of a specific unit within a period of 60 days can be counted towards the total mammography unit survey requirement. After April 28, 1999, experience conducting surveys must be acquired under the direct supervision of a medical physicist who meets all the requirements of this sub-rule; or (2) Alternative initial qualifications. 1. Have qualified as a medical physicist under FDA interim regulations and have retained that qualification by maintenance of the active status of any licensure, approval, or certification required under the interim regulations; and 2. Prior to April 28, 1999, have: ? A bachelor’s degree or higher in a physical science from an accredited institution with no less than 10 semester hours or equivalent of college undergraduate or graduate level physics. ? Forty contact hours of documented specialized training in conducting surveys of mammography facilities. ? Experience conducting surveys in at least one mammography facility and have a total of at least 20 mammography units. No more than one survey of a specific unit within a period of 60 days can be counted towards the total mammography unit survey requirement. The training and experience requirements must be met after fulfilling the degree requirement. ? At least eight hours of training in surveying units of the new mammographic modality before independently performing mammographic surveys of a new mammographic modality other than one for which the physicist received training to qualify under this sub-rule.
Duration One year or until the continuing requirements are no longer met, whichever comes first.
Processing Time One to two weeks
Fee Structure Annual fee: $100
Renewal Requirements Documentation of fifteen hours of continuing education within the previous thirty-six months and two mammography facilities and six mammography units within the previous twenty-four months are required annually.
Exam ABR or ABMP certification is one way to meet part of the initial qualifications.
Additional Information Any medical physicist who meets the mammography requirements can also apply for approval of Stereotactic Breast Biopsy surveys.