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A physician is not board certified in radiology and did not have any training in mammography during residency, but has acquired 60 hours of category I continuing education in mammography of which 15 has been obtained in the last 3 years. The physician would like to begin reading mammograms. What else must the physician do before he or she can independently read mammograms?

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This physician has met the 60 hours of documented medical education requirement, but must meet all other initial requirements (licensure, board certification or three months training, and initial experience) prior to beginning independent interpretation. These 60 hours of education obtained for this requirement can also be used toward meeting the three-month training requirement. Since the physician is not board certified, he or she must document a total of three months of training in mammography. Since FDA considers these three months to be equivalent to 420 hours of training, the physician should get 360 additional hours of training in mammography, thereby fulfilling both of these requirements.

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