How are additional mammography reviews (AMR) different from the reviews that are performed for accreditation, reaccreditation, or random clinical image review?

AMRs are performed in cases where FDA or the Certifying State has reason to believe that mammography quality has been compromised and may present a serious risk to human health. An example of such a circumstance might be the detection of a Level 1 phantom image failure during an inspection. Accreditation bodies do not use the clinical image reviews (CIRs) performed during accreditation, re-accreditation, and random clinical image review to investigate possible problems at facilities. Accreditation bodies use these types of CIRs to evaluate the ongoing quality of mammography at all facilities.

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