Learning to position the breast into a diagnostic work of art is challenging and varies from patient to patient in order to optimize visualization of breast tissue. Positioning on an analog unit was the standard for many mammography technologists for many years. Enter full field digital mammography and the transition from positioning on a film bucky to a digital detector. With film screen you had two size image receptors which allowed you to position according to breast size. The digital detectors of today although they offer two field of views can be deceptive and most are thicker than a traditional bucky making it even more challenging to optimize positioning. Proper positioning is critical for breast cancer detection and the technologists should be aware of the difference when transitioning from positioning on a film screen image receptor to a full field digital detector. There are many factors to consider many of which will make the transition easier. Bottom line…film screen or digital image receptor the technologist must follow the proper standards for positioning and compression in order to achieve optimal imaging.


This presentation covers tips for positioning in digital mammography and includes information on proper body mechanics for mammography technologists. You will enjoy this informational light hearted presentation that will inspire you to always do the best you can! 

Course Topics:

  • Positioning routine views
  • Positioning on digital detectors
  • Caveats of positioning on digital detectors
  • Shifting paddles for the MLO views
  • Steps for optimal positioning
  • Body Mechanics in Mammography Positioning
  • Champion Mammographer