The American College of Radiology has launched a National Mammography Database that will allow imaging providers to submit data and benchmark their practice performance and patient outcomes against other facilities.
The college recognized the limited access mammography facilities have to comparative information for national and regional benchmarking, said Carl DOrsi, chairman of the ACRs Committee on Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System, in a news release. He added that the database seeks to improve early detection by compiling information from breast-imaging providers across the country. Providers who submit information to the database will receive semiannual feedback reports, which will include comparisons of their facility against national benchmarks.
The new database, part of the National Radiology Dose Registry, will compile submitted information on a variety of imaging protocol activities and patient outcomes, including breast-cancer detection rates, positive predictive values and recall rates.