This course is designed to give the service professional the required information and the hands-on skills needed to make necessary alignments, diagnose service issues and make required repairs. Given the importance of this mammographic modality and the delicate nature of the procedure, the highest calibration standards must be maintained.


To attend this course, the service professional must possess fundamental knowledge and understanding of the principles of X-ray (Phase I), mammography and basic electronics.


  • Describe the performance specifications of the Multicare table
  • Describe the performance specifications of the needle guidance section
  • Describe the performance specifications of the stereoguide system
  • Describe the performance specifications of the digital imaging system
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the various subsystems of the biopsy system
  • monitoring and quality assurance tests and performance
  • Perform the necessary calibrations and adjustments to maintain the highest degree of accuracy for the biopsy system
  • Evaluate circuit and system functions to facilitate troubleshooting

Note: Due to copyright issues, students are required to purchase and bring to class a copy of the following manuals: Ops : 9-500-0290 rev. 003 Service: 9-500-0291 rev. 003 Schematics: 9-500-0292 rev. 002Perform the necessary performance

Course Outline

Day 1
  • System introduction
  • Specifications
    • Table
    • Stereo guide
    • Needle guidance
    • Digital imaging system
  • Knobology
  • Physical layout
  • Using system documentation
  • System installation
  • Turn-on and power distribution
  • Lab Activities
    • System operation
    • Cover removal
    • Component identification
    • System installation
    • Power supply verifications
Day 2
  • X-ray production system
    • Data port
    • kV control
    • mA control
    • Rotor control
  • Lab Activities
    • Verify and calibrate kV
    • Verify and calibrate mA
    • Rotor control verification
    • X-ray tube replacement procedure
Day 3
  • Table controls
    • Table motion
    • C-arm motion
    • Compression motion and force
    • Drive belt adjustments
  • Lamp control
  • Stage controls
    • X/Y/Z axis control interface
    • X/Y motor drive
  • Needle alignment
  • Lab Activities
    • Table travel limits calibration
    • Stage adjustment
      • Left/right/up/down/height
      • Z-azimuth
      • Breast platform
      • Needle gum holders
    • X-ray field adjustments
    • Final needle guidance alignment and checks
      • Pivot point
      • Compression trays
Day 4
  • DSM system
    • CCD module
    • X486/NT/ Pentium computers
  • Digital imaging theory
  • Lab Activities
    • Creating white/black calibration maps
    • Aligning CCD module to X-ray tube
    • Calculating coordinates
    • Final alignment checks
    • System troubleshooting
Day 5
  • I. Course review
  • II. Course evaluation
  • III. Final exam