A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast tissue. Mammography is used to determine if cancerous (malignant) tissues are present in the breast. Early detection of breast cancer by mammography may lead to a greater range of treatment options, including less-aggressive surgery (e.g., lumpectomy vs. mastectomy) and other therapies.
Radiation Control Program inspectors examine many aspects of a mammography facility, including: qualifications of the Radiologist, Medical Physicist, and the Mammographer(s); quality assurance/quality control tests required by the manufacturer of the mammography unit; image quality assessments; records review; assessment of patient positioning for image quality; and review of the facility's policies and procedures manual. Facilities that meet Massachusetts regulations for mammography services are rated as "compliant", while those that do not meet regulatory requirements are designated as "in violation". If the facility is in violation, it is required to submit a written plan of correction for all violations identified, which is reviewed again at the next annual inspection.
To maintain a license to operate, a mammography facility must meet Massachusetts regulatory requirements. The results of the state inspections are shown on this web page. Mammography facilities are also inspected under the Federal Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA). These inspections are carried out under contract with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Results of the MQSA inspections may be viewed on the FDA websites shown under "Related Links" in the right sidebar.
The Radiation Control Program maintains a database of all licensed mammography facilities on this portal. This information may be helpful to you in selecting a mammography facility.
The database will also show the most recent inspection record and whether the mammography facility was in compliance with the regulations.
When reviewing and interpreting mammography inspection data, it is important to take into consideration the following:
|Available Data on Massachusetts Licensed Mammography Facilities|
Click the Explore Data link on the right toolbar to access the following reports for mammography inspections in you community. The most current available data will be shown. Be sure to check the site periodically as new data is added each year.