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I am a physician who wishes to become intially qualified as an interpreting physician. I have completed my three months of intial mammography training in screen-film mammography and read 240 mammograms during the last six months of the residency program under direct supervision but all of the examinations were performed on a FFDM unit. Does this satisfy the regulatory requirement?

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Yes. While FDA recommends that personnel obtain initial experience using the same mammographic modality as used for the initial qualification, the regulations do not specifically require it. Therefore, examinations read for the initial experience requirement do not have to be in the same mammographic modality as examinations used for the initial qualification.

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