About this Program

This program we will be discussing and demonstrating mammographic positioning techniques for the Special Patient Situations. It is the goal and the responsibility of mammographers to strive to include the best possible images for patients with special needs. This program will provide you with the proper tools to enhance your current positioning. 

Overview of Course

Obtain knowledge on Special Patient Situations

  • List the different types of special situations and how to adjust.
  • Differentiate types of techniques that are performed. 
  • Describe special needs imaging techniques. 

Considerations and Contraindications of special needs imaging.

  • Describe the considerations for imaging patients with special circumstances.
  • Identify the contraindications for imaging patients with special needs. 


  • Describe the purpose of the Additional Views Beam Direction Principle. Why using a C-arm works best imaging equipment. Describe proper positioning for Male patients.
  • Identify the steps to perform Wheelchair CC views and using alternate or supplemental views: LM, ML, LMO, SIO as positioning views. Also identify using From Below (FB) positioning for patients on stretchers. 

Educational Objectives

By the end of this program, participants will be able to identify various types of special patient situations and proper positioning techniques for alternate views catering to the patient’s mobility and needs. 

Program Faculty

Meet your presenter(s)

Cheryl Seastrand

Cheryl Seastrand


Cheryl Seastrand has over 25 years of experience as a Breast Imaging Specialist. As a registered Mammographer and Breast Sonographer, Cheryl is committed to providing high quality development and delivery of education and training in Breast Imaging. She was on the ARRT Breast Sonography Practice Analysis Advisory Committee and has worked with additional professional affiliations on Mammography projects. Cheryl has a proven history of providing accurate, rational analysis and implementation of regulatory compliance and accreditation. Cheryl works extensively with breast imaging facilities nationally by providing competency assessment and recommended improvements to enhance breast imaging programs. 

Though Cheryl Seastrand is an ARRT committee member, by binding contract, Cheryl cannot reveal in whole or in part any ARRT's copyrighted questions or any other insider information about the ARRT's examinations or assessments. The ARRT does not review, evaluate, or endorse review courses, activities, materials, or products and this disclaimer should not be construed as an endorsement by the ARRT.


Accredited training programs

ASRT Category A Credit Information

ASRT Category A

This program provides 1.5 hour(s) of Category A continuing education credit for radiologic technologists approved by ASRT and recognized by the ARRT and various licensure states.  Category A credit is also recognized for CE credit in Canada.  You must attend the entire program to receive your certificate of completion.