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Montana Clinic Stops Mammograms After FDA Warning

June 23, 2014 — Big Sky Diagnostic Imaging, LLC, of Butte, Montana, has stopped performing mammograms after quality problems were discovered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR).

The FDA found the problems during a routine review of a sample of mammograms under the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA). Images taken between November 20, 2011 and November 20, 2013 were reviewed.

According to the Safety Communication:

“Results from that review included poor quality mammograms. … This does not mean that the results of the examinations were inaccurate, but it does mean that patients should speak to their health care providers about whether their mammograms need to be repeated.”

The FDA recommends that any woman who had a mammogram at this clinic after November 19, 2011 should contact their doctor to discuss whether to schedule a follow-up exam. The agency has provided a list of MQSA-certified facilities that perform mammograms.

Good mammograms are vital for early diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. About 40% of women have dense, fibrous breast tissue that shows up white on a mammogram — the same as a tumor. Poor-quality mammograms increase the risk of a misdiagnosis.

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