Improving the quality and safety of patient care is a core element of the the California Radiological Society. The CRS advocates for patient quality especially in the arena of radiation safety. CRS' parent organization, the American College of Radiology has taken a lead role in the Choose Wisely campaign. It also actively ensures the quality of Mammography centers across the country via its FDA approved certified program.
If you're a patient looking for more information on radiology, an excellent source of information is the website RadiologyInfo.org. It gives patients answers regarding many radiologic procedures and therapies available as well as information on how various x-ray, CT, MRI, ultrasound, radiation therapy and other procedures are performed. The website also addresses what patients may experience and how to prepare for the exams.
Beginning April 1, 2013, a new California law requires all mammography facilities to notify patients when their screening mammogram demonstrates "dense breast tissue". The sensitivity of mammography alone for early detection of cancer diminishes 10-20% with dense tissue, however, national recommendations for breast screening are exactly the same for patients with dense breasts as the rest of the population. Screening mammography continues to be the early detection test of choice for breast cancer.