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RAD 603 - Understanding Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA)

Credits: 1
1 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: Must be Certified Technologists in good standing recognized by the ARRT (www.arrt.org)

In this course students learn about the American College of Radiology (ACR) voluntary ACR Mammography Accreditation program and progress. Course content focuses on the 1992 to current U.S. Congress who passed the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA: P.L.102-539) that was implemented in and is and will remain a vital mandate for imaging facilities to perform Mammography.  An overview of equipment and quality assurance requirements and personal credentials for physicians, radiologic technologists and other medical staff is presented. Additionally, the American Cancer Society and Society of Breast Imaging missions and preventive services are topics explored within this course. This course is graded on a Pass/Fail basis. Completion of this course complies with ARRT structural education requirements and awards 16 Category A CEUs.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Define MQSA and all the related accreditation standards and requirements for medical service departments.
  2. Assist with implementation of quality assurance procedures as they relate to Mammography.
  3. Explain all the roles each qualified medical staff personnel must perform to assure each patient receives the best possible care by interventions and treatment plans.
  4. Describe the process of breast tissue screening based upon interventions ordered by a physician or qualified care giver required by or suggested by the American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology, Society of Breast Imaging and United States Prevention Services Task Force.
Listed Topics
  1. Congressional Act
  2. Patient advocate
  3. MQSA Act
  4. Quality assurance
  5. Credentials
  6. Prevention services
  7. Accreditation
  8. Technologists
  9. Inspections
  10. The Joint Commission
Reference Materials
Current mammography books and research articles, etc.  CCAC Blackboard account virtual course access.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 5/14/2021

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