Breast Cancer Alert

The FDA posts on its guidelines the “Mammography Quality Standards Act” which require radiologists to have interpreted at least 40 mammograms per month over a 2 year period to be qualified to read and interpret mammograms. According to studies cited by the New York Times, “doctors need to read at least 2500 films a year to stay sharp.” As many as 20,000 doctors who read mammograms lack the necessary skills for the job! Is your radiologist an expert?

Get smart! Be informed and participate in your care! Ignoring this can lead to dire consequences.

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2 Responses to “Breast Cancer Alert”

  1. Jill June 13, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

    How do I find out? I’m envisioning my doctor’s receptionist or nurse staring back at me with blank looks if I ask. Are records required? Who is best at interpreting? Doctor or radiologist? Thanks for blogging on all of these important topics!

  2. Jeff Kreisberg June 13, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    Ask to speak to the office manager. If your not satisfied, go onto the American college of radiology website and hunt for a mammography specialist in your area. You can take recent mammograms with you on a cd for another opinion.

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