900.12(a): Personnel. The following requirements apply to all personnel involved in any aspect of mammography, including the production, processing, and interpretation of mammograms and related quality assurance activities:
- Are there any MQSA requirements for personnel performing any interventional mammographic procedure (e.g., needle localization, stereotactic biopsy, galactography)?
- Can experience obtained in a foreign country count towards meeting the continuing experience requirement?
- Can experience obtained in a Veterans Administration (VA) facility count towards meeting the continuing experience requirement?
- Are there any MQSA qualifications related to the people providing general servicing of the mammography equipment?
- Are in-service training programs acceptable under the final regulations?
- At the time of the inspection, the sole interpreting physician, radiologic technologist, and/or medical physicist at a facility is found to not meet one of their requirements. Must the person and the facility immediately stop practicing mammography?
- Can time spent directly supervising other personnel, or being directly supervised, count toward the continuing education requirement?
- Can an interpreting physician position patients or perform mammographic examinations?
- If the person providing direct supervision is found to be unqualified, how does that affect the status of the person being supervised?
- If a facility fails to have proper documentation for a personnel requirement, will the facility be cited for failure of the inspection question, "Required personnel documents available?"
- Do general supervisors of mammography technologists, medical physicists, or interpreting physicians have to meet any requirements under MQSA?
- Under MQSA regulations must an interpreting physician be present during the performance of a “diagnostic” mammogram?