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IDPH Mammography Approval for Medical Physicists

In order to provide medical physics surveys and consultations for mammography and stereotactic breast biopsy facilities in Iowa, medical physicists must apply to IDPH for approval.

The IDPH Medical Physicist Application is available at the bottom of this page. Each Medical Physicist must register individually.

Mammography Qualifications - PhD Track

Initial Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in a physical science
  • At least 20 hours of college level physics
  • At least 20 contact hours of documented training in conducting surveys of mammography facilities.
  • Experience conducting surveys of at least one (1) mammography facility and a total of at least 10 mammography units under supervision of an MQSA qualified medical physicist.
  • Proof of ABR (Part 1 and Part 2) - OR - Unrestricted State Approval letter/licensure as a Diagnostic Medical Physicist.

Continuing Qualifications

  • Fifteen (15) hours of continuing education in the previous 36 months.
  • Two (2) mammography facilities surveys performed in the previous 24 months.
  • Six (6) mammography units in the previous 24 months.

Mammography Qualifications - MS Track

Initial Qualifications

  • Masters Degree in a physical science.
  • At least 20 hours of college level physics
  • At least 20 contact hours of documented specialized training in conducting surveys of mammography facilities.
  • Experience conducting surveys of at least one (1) mammography facility and a total of at least 10 mammography units under the supervision of an MQSA qualified medical physicist.
  • Proof of ABR (Part 1 and Part 2) - OR - Unrestricted State Approval letter/licensure as a Diagnostic Medical Physicist.

Continuing Qualifications

  • Fifteen (15) hours of continuing education in the previous 36 months.
  • Two (2) mammography facilities surveys performed in the previous 24 months.
  • Six (6) mammography units in the previous 24 months.

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Qualifications

Initial Qualifications

  • Must meet medical physicist qualification requirements outlined in IAC Chapter 41.6 for mammography.
  • Have performed one hands-on Stereotactic breast biopsy physics survey under the guidance of an MQSA qualified medical physicist. - IF began performing stereotactic breast biopsy procedures prior to July 1, 1998 then provide proof of performance of three (3) stereotactic procedures prior to that date.

Continuing Qualifications

  • Three (3) Stereo Continuing Education Units in previous36 months.
  • One (1) stereotactic unit survey in the most recent twelve (12) month time frame established by facility.

IDPH Medical Physicist Application

Instructions and link to apply for Mammography or Stereotactic Medical Physicist approval - IDPH Regulatory Programs