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mammo_machine2009 Mammogram Machine Regulating Blunder!

Of late the largest trepidation for many women is the possibility of having breast cancer!  Naturally a woman's primary concern is her overall health.  But because breast cancer is the second leading cause of morbidity in women finding out what that lump is early is highly crucial for effective treatment and survival.  Hence the usage of mammography technology has increased and thereby successfully detects signs of breast cancer in millions of women as early as the first stage.

What You Should Know about Mammogram Machine Accuracy

Primarily this is largely attributed to organizations such as the Food and Drug Administration who are responsible for regulating mammogram machines to assure these machines accuracy in early detection.  It's without question the FDA regulations in total are suppose to offer comfort to the general public that the overall regulation procedure are constantly being enhanced to reduce of the chances of false positive mammogram results.  But despite the protocols set in place by the FDA, regulating mammogram machineshave been a pretty hot topic.  Particularly with the FDAs standardized procedure used to make sure mammogram machines are operating optimally.  Consequently the discrepancies have caused great concern among women and health care professionals nationally.  Let's see why!

The earlier part of 2009 several reports from FDA physicians and researchers spoke out against the FDA protocol for mammogram machine inspections.  In fact these FDA employees took a huge career risk in publicly alleging unorthodox procedures for regulating mammogram machines in order to equip women and health care facilities with vital information.  Consequently these reports sparked a national review of mammogram machine regulations that produced some daunting results.  According to the FDA all mammogram machines under go a stringent procedure to ensure they work properly and run at a nearly nil chance of producing false positive mammogram results.

Ironically the FDA claims don't match the statistics of false positive mammogram readingsas well as repeat testing due to faulty equipment as reported by diagnostic centers nationally.  And according to the FDAs ex-employees this is because of lax FDA protocol in regards to regulating mammogram medical devices and equipment.  Additionally these reports claim that some machinery i.e. mammograms are forcefully passed through the inspection process by management regardless of the malfunction in order to reduce the cost of recalling machines.  At present the FDA denies these claims as not being fully supported.

How to Regulate Mammogram Machines In your Community

On the lighter side however, several organizations including a state senator have placed tremendous pressure on the FDA to lower the risk regardless!  Subsequently the numbers of mammogram malfunctions this pass National Breast Cancer Awareness month have decreased.  At best this has opened our eyes to hidden risk of mammograms.  Ultimately this incites the dire need to take greater precaution when having the procedure performed.  In this case I always say "if in question think SAFE when scheduling a mammogram!

  • Seek information on the prospective mammogram machine (i.e. manufacture, model, series and manufacture date)
  • Ask about the number of false positive mammogram reports by that particular diagnostic center.
  • Find out the date of the prospective mammogram machine's last internal inspection and/or repairs
  • Evaluate manufacture statistics for recalled mammogram machines and cross reference to the prospective machine

And while this may appear highly intrusive the information you're requesting is deemed as public knowledge and our right of passage as women to know.  After all ensuring individual safety not only reduces our personal chances of falling victim to unregulated mammogram machines, but it eventually ensures the safety of all women one mammogram machine at a time!

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