MQSA of 1992 requires that all mammography facilities be accredited by an approved body. To receive MQSA accreditation, each facility must submit an image of an ACR-approved phantom and, to maintain accreditation, the phantom must be imaged weekly and records of those images maintained. The ACR has approved the CIRS Model 015 for use in the ACR Mammography Accreditation Program.
The CIRS Model 015 Mammographic Accreditation Phantom was designed to test the performance of a mammographic system by a quantitative evaluation of the system’s ability to image objects that simulate calcifications, fibrous calcifications in ducts and tumor masses, that are important in the early detection of breast cancer. It simulates 4.2 cm compressed breast of average glandular/adipose composition.