Through a combination of machine registration and inspection, the Mammography/Healing Arts Program regulates all non-federal facilities which utilize medical x-ray machines in the Commonwealth. The purpose of this program is to ensure that unnecessary radiation exposures to both patients and medical workers are minimized.

Mammography is a specialized form of medical radiography, and facilities which provide this service in Massachusetts are licensed and inspected annually in accordance with state regulations found at 105 CMR 127.000. Under contract with the United States Food and Drug Administration, the Mammography Program also conducts the federal Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) inspections.


This information is provided by the Radiation Control Program within the Department of Public Health.