Quality Controls in Digital Mammography protocol of the EFOMP Mammo Working group

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This article aims to present the protocol on Quality Controls in Digital Mammography published online in 2015 by the European Federation of Organisations for Medical Physics (EFOMP) which was developed by a Task Force under the Mammo Working Group. The main objective of this protocol was to define a minimum set of easily implemented quality control tests on digital mammography systems that can be used to assure the performance of a system within a set and acceptable range. Detailed step-by-step instructions have been provided, limiting as much as possible any misinterpretations or variations by the person performing. It is intended that these tests be implemented as part of the daily routine of medical physicists and system users throughout Europe in a harmonised way so allowing results to be compared. In this paper the main characteristics of the protocol are illustrated, including examples, together with a brief summary of the contents of each chapter. Finally, instructions for the download of the full protocol and of the related software tools are provided.


  • Gisella Gennaro
  • Simona Avramova-Cholakova
  • Andrea Azzalini
  • Maria Luisa Chapel
  • Margarita Chevalier
  • Olivera Ciraj
  • Hugo de las Heras
  • Vesna Gershan
  • Bengt Hemdal
  • Elizabeth Keavey
  • Nico Lanconelli
  • Susanne Menhart
  • Màrio João Fartaria
  • Ana Pascoal
  • Kristin Pedersen
  • Stefano Rivetti
  • Veronica Rossetti
  • Friedrich Semturs
  • Peter Sharp
  • Alberto Torresin
External organisations
  • Veneto Institute of Oncology
  • Complutense University of Madrid
  • University of Belgrade
  • Helmholtz Zentrum München
  • The Saints Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje
  • Lausanne University Hospital
  • Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cancer Registry of Norway, Institute of Population-Based Cancer Research
  • Medical University of Vienna
  • University of Aberdeen
  • Niguarda Hospital
  • University Hospital City Clinic, Sofia
  • Candelaria University Hospital, Tenerife
  • National Screening Service (NSS), Ireland
  • University of Bologna
  • Referenzzentrum für technische Qualitätssicherung (RefZQS)
  • Sassuolo Hospital
  • Citta' della Salute e della Scienza Hospital-University of Turin
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging


  • Digital mammography, EFOMP, Protocol, Quality control
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-64
Number of pages10
JournalPhysica Medica
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Apr 1
Publication categoryResearch