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FDA launches "real-time" mammography facility reports

by Brendon Nafziger, DOTmed News Associate Editor | December 09, 2010
The case of an Iowa mammography technologist who got sacked for falsifying quality control records became the first "real-time" event report for the nation's mammography facilities.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it was now making congressionally-mandated reports on the quality of mammography facilities across the country live on its website as soon as actions against the facilities are wrapped up. Previously, batches of reports were posted online twice a year or once a year, as required by the Mammography Quality Standards Act.

In its first report, the FDA said a review of the mammography program at the Community Health Care Inc. in Davenport, Iowa confirmed that a quality control technologist had faked records. The facility had notified the FDA of its concern after discovering the falsifications and firing the tech. On Nov. 29, Iowa's state permit program then suspended the tech's state X-ray permit for 180 days, the FDA said.