The IAEA has published a guide that instructs facilities on the different options they have for ensuring they can perform quality mammograms.

IAEA unveils roadmap for ensuring quality mammogram performance in different resource environments

November 10, 2023
by John R. Fischer, Senior Reporter
To help providers in different countries perform quality breast screenings, the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Division of Human Health’s Dosimetry and Medical Radiation Physics Section has published a new guidance document, its Worldwide Implementation of Digital Mammography Imaging.

Published on October 19, which is World Breast Cancer Day, the guide is a roadmap designed to help decision-makers, planners, program administrators, and healthcare policy professionals establish or upgrade digital mammography facilities with the right equipment, staff, infrastructure, resources, and practices.

“Digital advancements provide promise, but without proper infrastructure and training, we risk compromising patient care. This guidance offers a path forward, ensuring that healthcare facilities worldwide can provide the best possible care to their patients,” said Maria-Ester Brandan, professor of physics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and one of the document’s authors, in a statement.

The guide addresses different care scenarios in low-, middle-, and high-income countries, from having no medical imaging facility nearby to hospitals with existing general radiology and computed radiography mammography systems. It includes recommended solutions to the diverse challenges of each situation. Here is a breakdown of them on a case-by-case basis: