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FDA advises consumers to confirm MQSA certification of mammography centers

A recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Safety Communication is reminding all patients to confirm that the medical facility where they are receiving mammograms are MQSA-certified in order to better assure the quality of their assessment. This notice follows on the heels of an effort to advise patients who were treated by Richard D. Adelman, M.D., Family Medicine Practice in Raleigh, N.C., anytime after Aug. 24, 2012, that there were possible problems with the quality of the mammograms performed by the practice, and that follow-up testing by a certified facility may be necessary. The American College of Radiology (ACR) reviewed mammograms performed by the ... Read More

FDA urges patients to get mammograms at MQSA certified facilities

All mammography facilities in the United States are required to meet certain baseline quality standards and be certified to legally operate in the country. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enforces this by working with the American College of Radiology (ACR) to conduct routine reviews of sample mammograms. Facilities that are found to be producing substandard products are found in violation of the federal Mammography Quality Standards Act, also known as MQSA. This week, the FDA became aware of problems associated with the quality of mammograms performed at Big Sky Diagnostic Imaging, LLC, located in Butte, Mont. The agency along ... Read More

FDA warns that nipple aspirate tests should not be stand-alone tool for breast cancer diagnosis

Nipple aspirate tests to detect abnormal cells in the breast should not be used in place of mammograms, other breast imaging tests, or biopsy as a tool to screen for or diagnose breast cancer, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in a safety advisory. A nipple aspirate test uses a type of pump device to collect fluid from a woman’s breast. It can determine whether the fluid contains abnormal cells. The agency warned that there is no valid scientific data to show that the nipple aspirate test by itself is an effective screening tool for any medical condition including the ... Read More

Could X-rays, mammograms be linked to rising thyroid cancer rates?

The incidence of many cancers is decreasing, but thyroid cancer is on the rise. Popular television host Dr. Oz this week suggested the increase could be linked to excessive use of dental X-rays and mammograms. Risk factors for thyroid cancer include hereditary conditions and iodine deficiency, though the latter is rare in the United States because of iodized salts. Thyroid cancer is also four times more likely to occur in women than men, leading some to suggest that estrogen might fuel the growth of thyroid cancer. (Estrogen is also linked to some types of breast cancer.) Another leading risk factor for ... Read More

FDA: Thermography not a substitute for mammograms

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning women that thermographic imaging is not a reliable alternative or substitute for mammograms for the diagnosis of breast cancer and other diseases of the breast. Some facilities, websites and mobile units are promoting the use of thermographic systems as a stand-alone evaluation tool for screening and diagnosing breast cancer, claiming it is superior to mammography. They also claim that the imaging system can detect pre-cancerous abnormalities and diagnose breast cancer long before mammography, and that compressing the breast, as is done during a mammogram, will cause or spread cancer by pushing cancer ... Read More