Sample Mammography Result Letters

November 1, 2009 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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The following eight sample letters, developed by ACR (Reston, Virginia), can be used by mammography facilities to communicate exam results to patients. ACR's sample letters cover eight different scenarios:

Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) regulations require interpreting physicians to categorize each mammogram using one of the following six descriptive terms: negative, benign, probably benign, suspicious, highly suggestive of malignancy, or incomplete, need additional imaging evaluation. ACR's letters refer to another lexicon, the Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS), for reporting mammography results. The five BI-RADS categories correspond to the...

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