As a result of the Mammography Quality Standards Reauthorization Act (MQSRA) enacted in October 1998, the FDA is informing physicians who refer patients for mammography exams that after April 28, 1999, mammography facilities will be required to provide notification of exam results directly to all their patients. Congress believed it was important for all women to receive this information directly from the mammography facility.
After April 28, all patients must receive a written report of their mammography results—in terms a lay person can easily understand—within 30 days of their exam. Referring physicians must receive a report from the mammography facility no later than 30 days from the date of the exam.
Nightingale SL. New Information for Physicians Regarding Mammography Results. JAMA. 1999;281(13):1164. doi:10.1001/jama.281.13.1164