Examining MQSA National Statistics

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Take a look at some of the most commonly requested national statistics regarding the MQSA program.

From the most recent information release from the FDA section of MQSA (Mammography Quality and Standards Act) Insights, Radiology Life presents some of the most commonly requested national statistics regarding the MQSA program. These statistics are updated by the FDA on the first of each month and, in this case, are based off of total data from 2016 as well as new data from 20171.

Here are seven fast facts about current breast cancer treatment facilities under the MQSA program.

• As of Oct. 1, 2017, there are 8,745 certified facilities with a total of 17,057 accredited units.
• There are 8,582 facilities with FFDM (Full-Field Digital Mammography) units2
• Approximately 3,000 certified facilities with DBT (Digital Breast Tomosynthesis)units
• The FDA has inspected 1,817 facilities since the start of 2017
• Over 88% of facilities passed inspection with no violations
• Less than 1% of all inspected facilities received Level 3 violations
• As of Jan. 1 2017, over 39.3 million mammograms have been performed


  1. Per the FDA, These numbers are an aggregate of the total number of procedures performed annually as reported by facilities to their accreditation bodies. Facilities are asked to disclose this information at their initial accreditation, and then at the time of their re-accreditation, which takes place once every three years. FDA began collecting these data in 1998. The aggregate does not reflect the current number of procedures performed at these facilities, but only the numbers reported by them during the three-year period prior to the current date.
  2. Facilities with DBT also have FFDM so the DBT facilities count is included within the FFDM facilities count.
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