The most effective way for women to fight breast cancer is to take control of their own health with regular screenings for early detection. And for many women, that means performing regular self-exams beginning at age 20 and scheduling yearly mammograms starting at age 40. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now warning women in the Raleigh, North Carolina, area that their mammogram results may not meet quality standards.
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with breast cancer after receiving a mammogram at Richard D. Adelman, M.D., Family Medicine any time after August 24, 2012, Henson Fuerst wants to help. Our North Carolina medical malpractice lawyers can review your case and protect your rights. Complete our free initial consultation form or call us 24/7 at (919) 781-1107 to find out if you may be eligible for compensation.
The Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA)
Under the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) of 1992, all medical facilities that perform mammograms in the United States must be accredited by one of four FDA-approved accreditation bodies, including the American College of Radiology (ACR). To be accredited, facilities must demonstrate they meet baseline standards for:
- Screening equipment
- Quality assurance
- Clinical images
- Phantom images
- Radiation doses
Which patients are affected?
In 2014, the ACR reviewed mammograms performed by the Richard D. Adelman, M.D., Family Medicine Practice between Aug. 25, 2012, and Aug. 25, 2014. After discovering quality problems, the ACR revoked the facility’s accreditation in Nov. 2014.
As a result of the ACR’s findings, the FDA ordered the doctor’s office to stop performing mammograms and notify all patients who received mammograms after August 24, 2012, of the quality problems. Women who received mammograms during this period have the right to request their mammograms and related medical reports from the facility.
Protect Your Health
If you had a mammogram at Richard D. Adelman, M.D., Family Practice in Raleigh, North Carolina, after August 24, 2012, the FDA recommends you request your mammogram and related medical records and have them reviewed by a certified facility to determine if a repeat mammogram or follow-up is needed.
Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers Can Help
If you were diagnosed with breast cancer after a mammogram from Richard D. Adelman, M.D., Family Practice, you may be able to get compensation for your medical expenses, pain, and suffering. Our Raleigh medical malpractice lawyers have experience helping victims of misdiagnosis and medical negligence throughout North Carolina, and we’re here to help you take action. Our legal staff is available 24/7 to help you get started—dial (919) 781-1107 or complete our free initial consultation form.