Saturday, August 24, 2019

Saturday, August 24, 2019

FDA Update: Mammography Procedure Numbers

Mammograms per year in the nation numbered more than 39.5 million as of Aug. 1, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports.

The statistics come from the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. FDA inspections and certifications of mammogram facilities are made in accordance with the Mammography Quality Standards Act.

Congress passed the 1992 law to make sure women in the U.S. have access to mammograms and can be seen in a timely manner so that breast cancer can be diagnosed in its earliest stages, according to the FDA.


Mammography Statistics as of Aug. 1

Certification CategoryTotal Facilities or Units
Total Certified Facilities8,660
Total Accredited Units20,649
Certified Facilities with Digital Units8,633
Accredited Digital Units12,824
Certified Facilities with Digital Breast Tomosynthesis Units5,448
Accredited DBT Units7,792

Inspection CategoryNumber or Percentage
Facilities Inspected6,777
Total Units at Inspected Facilities15,517
% of Inspections That Were Level 1 Violations0.6%
% of Inspections That Were Level 2 Violations15.1%
% of Inspections With No Violations84.2%
Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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