September 27, 2017

New Digital Mammography Quality Control Manual and Phantom for Accreditation

On July 24, 2017, the ACR began implementing the 2016 ACR Digital Mammography Quality Control (QC) Manual and new phantom into the accreditation process. Together, the new manual and phantom will aid in ensuring uniformity of QC testing.

Facilities that choose to use the 2016 ACR Digital Mammography Quality Control Manual can now submit phantom images obtained with the ACR Digital Mammography Phantom and QC results using the new manual for accreditation of their 2D full-field digital mammography systems.

If you plan to use the new QC manual and phantom when applying for accreditation, please be sure to choose the desired options in the ACRedit system to ensure the correct criteria will apply.

Phantom Failures and FAQs
The biggest change in the new manual is that QC technologists, medical physicists and ACR phantom reviewers should fail phantom images if clinically significant artifacts are in a location that could impact clinical interpretation — even if all fibers, speck groups and masses pass.

Before submitting your images, please review all our FAQs about the ACR Digital Mammography QC Manual to understand the procedures that ACR phantom reviewers will follow when scoring images from the new phantom during accreditation.

The FAQs also provide assistance with transitioning to the new QC manual.

The Background
In 2016, the FDA approved the new ACR Digital Mammography QC Manual and Digital Mammography QC Phantom as an alternative standard — which can be used in lieu of manufacturers' QC manuals — for use in routine QC of digital mammography equipment. The FDA alternative standard specifies that the new manual may be used only for full-field digital mammography systems without advanced imaging capabilities (e.g., tomosynthesis and contrast enhancement).

The new ACR Digital Mammography QC Manual was published on July 29, 2016. It is available to all ACR-accredited facilities at no charge.


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