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A mammography medical physicist performs mammography equipment evaluations and annual surveys on mammography units.
Contact Information
Department of Public Health
321 E 12th St
Des Moines IA, 50319(map)
Kellee Kempkellee.kemp@idph.iowa.gov
P: (641) 227-2585

License Details

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 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 subrule; 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 subrule.
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.