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Must a mammography report be provided to the health care provider or self-referred patient if the images from an examination are re-read by a physician not associated with the facility where the examination was originally performed and interpreted (e.g., if the patient or health care provider requests a second opinion from another facility)?

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No, there is no requirement that a mammography report be provided when re-interpretations of images are done at a facility different from the facility that made the original interpretation. However, FDA strongly recommends that the second facility inform the health care provider or self-referred patient requesting the second opinion of the results, especially when the second opinion differs from the initial results.

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