The Mammography Accreditation Program (MAP) is an initiative instituted over 20 years ago to ensure that the quality of mammography images meets the highest standards.

This voluntary program offers radiologists the opportunity for oversight and evaluation of their facility’s staff qualifications, equipment performance, quality control and quality assurance programs, image quality, breast dose, and processor quality control. This program was put in place to ensure that only qualified personnel perform and interpret mammograms and that dedicated mammography equipment remains optimally operational to ensure that women receive mammography examinations with the lowest possible dose and risk. Equipment calibration, performance, quality control activities, continuing technologist and radiologist education are all evaluated.
The Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR) program allows for the review of technical and clinical images against the highest standards, contributing to overall quality assurance for healthcare centres. Personnel qualifications are reviewed, as well as quality control and dose measurement.  Unlike other programs, the main objective of the MAP program is to assess the unit’s ability to generate images that are of high enough quality to allow the radiologist to render an accurate diagnosis.  Together, the components of the program support this objective.

The impetus for the program was concerns from both radiologists and the public; specifically that only qualified personnel perform and interpret mammograms; that dedicated mammography equipment remains optimally operational to ensure that women receive mammography examinations with the lowest possible dose and risk; and that quality images are produced at the facilities. Today, more than 450 facilities enjoy the benefits of being accredited through the CAR program, and this number continues to grow.

Contact Information:

Dr. William Miller

anelson@car.ca

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