The Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) established national standards for accreditation, certification, and inspection of mammography facilities in the U.S. This act ensures that women who receive mammograms in the U.S. each year receiving high-quality, consistent and reliable breast imaging at mammography facilities across the country.

Through this legislation, the FDA has create an environment where nearly all mammography facilities operate according to national standards. These standards have also helped optimize radiation doses, and ultimately contribute to improved detection, earlier treatment, and better outcomes for breast cancer patients.

The FDA’s implementation of MQSA has ensured that health care providers and equipment manufacturers seek to improve quality and excellence in breast imaging while giving women the information they need to make better-informed health care decisions.