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Under MQSA regulations must an interpreting physician be present during the performance of a “diagnostic” mammogram?

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No. For personnel purposes, the regulations do not differentiate “screening” from “diagnostic” and do not require that an interpreting physician be physically present for either type of exam. However, facilities should check with their third party payers and local standards of care to see if they require or recommend that a physician be present.

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