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Title: Mammography accreditation program

In the mid-1980`s, the movement toward the use of dedicated mammography equipment provided significant improvement in breast cancer detection. However, several studies demonstrated that this change was not sufficient to ensure optimal image quality at a low radiation dose. In particular, the 1985 Nationwide Evaluation of X-ray Trends identified the wide variations in image quality and radiation dose, even from dedicated units. During this time period, the American Cancer Society (ACS) launched its Breast Cancer Awareness Screening Campaign. However, there were concerns about the ability of radiology to respond to the increased demand for optimal screening examinations that would result from the ACS program. To respond to these concerns, the ACS and the American College of Radiology (ACR) established a joint committee on mammography screening in 1986. After much discussion, it was decided to use the ACR Diagnostic Practice Accreditation Program as a model for the development of a mammography accreditation program. However, some constraints were required in order to make the program meet the needs of the ACS. This voluntary, peer review program had to be timely and cost effective. It was determined that the best way to address these needs would be to conduct the program by mail.more » Finally, by placing emphasis on the educational nature of the program, it would provide an even greater opportunity for improving mammographic quality. The result of this effort was that, almost six years ago, in May 1987, the pilot study for the ACR Mammography Accreditation Program (MAP) began, and in August of that year, the first applications were received. In November 1987, the first 3-year accreditation certificates were awarded.« less
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
250232
Report Number(s):
PNL-10076; CONF-9303220-
ON: DE96008816; TRN: 96:002617-0023
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Workshop on measurement quality assurance for ionizing radiation, Gaithersburg, MD (United States), 16-18 Mar 1993; Other Information: PBD: [1993]; Related Information: Is Part Of Workshop on measurement quality assurance for ionizing radiation: Proceedings; Heath, J.A.; Swinth, K.L. [comps.]; PB: 468 p.
Research Org:
Pacific Northwest Lab., Richland, WA (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
56 BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE, APPLIED STUDIES; 55 BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE, BASIC STUDIES; MAMMARY GLANDS; BIOMEDICAL RADIOGRAPHY; CARCINOGEN SCREENING; X-RAY EQUIPMENT; QUALITY ASSURANCE; CERTIFICATION; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS