Mammography Quality Assurance Program

 

The Mammography Quality Assurance Program (MQAP) provides quality assurance assessment for mammography sites. Participation is open to private medical imaging practices, and medical imaging departments of public and private hospitals. The MQAP has been declared under Commonwealth Qualified Privilege.

Quality control and quality assurance testing requirements are documented in the RANZCR Guidelines for Quality Control Testing for Digital Mammography for Computed Radiography (CR) and Digital Radiography (DR) sites.

MQAP Cycle

The MQAP operates on a three-year cycle. Participation is machine-specific; sites operating more than one mammography machine need to make an application for each machine.

First year: Practice undergoes accreditation of a new unit (or reaccreditation of a current unit)
Requirements include the assessment of clinical and physics materials by expert mammography radiologists and mammography-accredited medical physicists.

Second year: First Annual Review
Mammography-accredited physicists assess the quality control data and physics materials submitted by the site.

Third year: Second Annual Review
Mammography-accredited physicists assess the quality control data and physics materials submitted by the site.

Fees

For details of current fees relating to MQAP see College Fees page.

How to Apply

Practices wishing to participate in the MQAP need to complete the application form and return to the College with payment.

MQAP Resources

MQAP Application Form

MQAP Quality Control Manual Order Form

Guidelines for Quality Control Testing for Digital (CR & DR) Mammography

RANZCR Standards of Practice for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology

MQAP Annual Review requirements – CR/DR

Equipment Assessor Report Templates

MQAP CR Equipment Assessor Form

MQAP DR Equipment Assessor Form

Boone DGN calculator

ACPSEM Certified Mammography Equipment Assessors

Please note ACPSEM-certified Mammography Equipment Assessors are now accredited separately for CR and DR mammography. Please ensure that the Assessor you select is accredited in the appropriate modality.

ACPSEM Certified Mammography Equipment Assessors


For further information about MQAP please contact the Quality and Standards team