Mammograms questioned, new tests recommended

EAST PALESTINE– Due to East Palestine Family Medical Clinic failing to meet the parameters for a key quality control test in October of 2017 and October of 2018, the Ohio Department of Health issued a public notice.

The notice alerted patients who had a mammogram at the clinic on or after March 28, 2017, should have the mammogram re-evaluated because of problems with the image quality.

The Food and Drug Administration recommends that those patients should request copies of their medical reports from East Palestine Family Medical Clinic and have their mammogram reviewed at another Mammography Quality Standards Act-certified facility. This would determine whether a repeat mammogram or additional medical follow-up would be necessary.

It is required by the FDA that all mammography facilities meet certain baseline quality standards, and East Palestine Family Medical Clinic did not meet those standards. Since it does not have an active Mammography Quality Standards Act certificate, the clinic is no longer allowed to perform mammograms.

The FDA will continue to monitor the issue and update the public with any new information.