What is the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA)?
The Mammography Quality Standards Act of 1992 is a federal mandate to ensure high quality in performance and reporting of mammography in the United States. All aspects of mammography practice are highly regulated, including the accreditation of facilities that perform mammography; the initial and continued training of technologists who perform mammography, radiologists who interpret it, and medical physicists who manage it; and the performance of quality control testing (including test type, schedule, and responsible individuals). MQSA has been updated as clinical practice transitioned from screen-film mammography to full-field digital mammography and after digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) was introduced. The ACR is a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved accreditation body for full-field digital mammography and DBT.