September 27, 2017

EQUIP: Enhancing Quality Using the Inspection Program

The promotion of clinical image quality is a primary goal of the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA). Under MQSA Final Regulations, the FDA inspects every mammography facility yearly. During the visit, inspectors have a list of questions to ask every facility.

Last October, the FDA launched the EQUIP initiative —Enhancing Quality Using the Inspection Program. As part of the effort to emphasize the need for ongoing facility review of clinical image quality, the FDA has added three new inspection questions.

All inspection questions are based on existing MQSA regulations and are designed to help interpreting physicians and mammographers spot image quality issues early and make corrections to improve patient care.

EQUIP Resources

To help you better understand EQUIP and what inspectors will look for and NOT look for during inspection process, access these EQUIP resources, including informational videos, documents, and MQSA Insights articles.

The ACR has also updated its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the 2016 ACR Digital Mammography QC Manual Resources webpage to show how using the Optional - Radiologist Image Quality Feedback form can help meet part of the EQUIP requirements.