Feature | November 02, 2012

Natural Disasters Effect Mammography Facilities

Mammography Systems Hurricane Sandy

November 2, 2012 — In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation on the East Coast, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued information about the effects of these types of natural disasters on mammography facilities. There are certain actions mammography facilities can take to help ensure that they continue to provide high quality mammography services. Depending on the amount of damage sustained by a facility, its equipment, critical records and even patient records and/or mammogram films may have been damaged or destroyed. In the aftermath of these events, your mammography facility may find it a challenge to comply with MQSA regulations.

To assist facilities in complying with MQSA regulations, any facility damaged by a natural disaster should:


A facility may contact the FDA, the State Radiological Health Department, the state certifying agency, if applicable, or its AB for further information if a natural disaster has affected its operations. Together, FDA, MQSA inspectors, state programs, and accreditation bodies will work with facilities struck by natural disasters to help them resume practicing high quality mammography.

For more information: www.fda.gov

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