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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Radiation-Emitting Products

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If an x-ray unit is sold for several uses including mammography and nonmammography applications, may it be used for mammography?

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Yes, as long as the equipment meets all of the applicable MQSA requirements. Equipment designed specifically for mammography, because of its unique characteristics, may be useful for nonmammography procedures and such use is not prohibited under MQSA. The requirements in 900.12(b)(1) and (2) do not preclude mammography equipment being advertised, sold, and used for other purposes. They simply require that the design has been optimized for mammography.

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