National Breast Center Resources

Resources for Breast Centers and Mammography Departments

& Certifications

Breast Center Accreditations
and Certifications

National Quality Measures for Breast Centers (NQMBC)

The NQMBC is a quality program, developed by the National Consortium of Breast Centers, that enables breast centers to input quality measure data and receive immediate feedback, comparing their performance with other breast centers across the nation. Breast centers can use the comparative reports to gain insight into the quality of care provided to patients and/or areas in need of improvement.

National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)

The NAPBC, administered by the American College of Surgeons, provides breast centers with quality measures that serve as benchmarks for determining the quality of breast care provided to patients. Breast centers that meet or exceed the NAPBC quality measures are recognized for their commitment to operating a high-quality breast program.

Breast Center of Excellence (BICOE)

The Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE) designation is awarded to centers that achieve excellence by seeking and earning accreditation in all of the ACR’s voluntary breast-imaging accreditation programs and modules, in addition to the mandatory Mammography Accreditation Program.

National Mammography Database (NMD)

The National Mammography Database (NMD) leverages data that radiology practices are already collecting by providing comparative information for national and regional benchmarking. Participants receive semiannual feedback reports that include important benchmark data such as cancer detection rates, positive predictive value rates and recall rates.

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)

The NCCN is a The National Comprehensive Cancer Network is an alliance of 30 leading cancer centers devoted to patient care, research, and education. The NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines are the recognized standard in oncology and cover prevention, risk reduction, screening, diagnosis, treatment, supportive care, and survivorship for 97% of all cancers.

MQSA Resources


Review a full list of the current MQSA regulations. Each regulation has been set out to identify certain markers to ensure all patients are receiving the proper care from their breast center.

Inspection News

Get the latest news on the MQSA inspection process.

Preparing for an Inspection

A complete list of compliance guidelines that will help a facility prepare for annual inspection.

BI-RADS- 5th Edition Quick Reference

BI-RADS 5th Fifth Edition quick reference card for mammography reporting.

Additional Breast
Center Resources

ACR Sample Lay Letters

Interpreting physicians are required by law to send every patient who receives a mammogram a written lay summary report within 30 days. View sample lay report letters that were developed by a multidisciplinary panel.

ACR Mammography CME Toolkit

The ACR offers free customizable materials to help radiologists and referring physicians talk to patients about breast cancer screening. CME credit can be earned upon completing an online module.

American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC)

AJCC provides the most comprehensive anatomic staging data available, the Cancer Staging Manual and Cancer Staging Atlas, including a breast cancer staging system.

Dense Breast Info is an educational resource developed to provide breast density information to both patients and health care professionals. MagView is a corporate sponsor and educational collaborator with DenseBreast-info.

Major Mammography-
Related Conferences


Society of Breast Imaging/ACR Breast Imaging Symposium is the largest breast imaging conference in the world. The annual meeting focuses on research and helps attendees understand how to implement new technology into practice while navigating new FDA quality requirements.


The National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCoBC) is an interdisciplinary organization committed to advancement and improvement of the highest-quality Breast Centers. The NCoBC holds an annual Interdisciplinary Breast Center Conference typically held every spring in Las Vegas.


RSNA is the world’s largest radiology meeting with over 50,000 attendees from 137 countries. RSNA is held every November or early December in Chicago.


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