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Spencer Hospital Designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

Dec 04, 2019 10:59AM ● By MED Magazine

Pictured Above: Certified Breast Health Navigator and Mammographer, JaMae Dau, positioning a patient for a mammogram.

Spencer Hospital has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the only hospital in the region to have earned that distinction.

By awarding imaging centers the status of a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the ACR recognizes facilities that have earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast ultrasound, including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.

“Our team has worked very hard and is excited to have earned the designation of being a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence,” commented Mary Brosnahan, Diagnostic Imaging director at Spencer Hospital.  “It signifies that our care systems and the training of our professional staff meet the high standards of care required to achieve the designation.”

Accreditation involves peer-review evaluations in each breast imaging modality by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Through that process it was determined that Spencer Hospital’s Imaging & Women’s Center has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs.

“I’m proud of the effort our Diagnostic Imaging professionals put forth in achieving this distinction,” said Spencer Hospital president Bill Bumgarner. “Yet, even more valued is the dedication and commitment this team demonstrates to consistently provide excellent customer service and obtain exceptional image quality.   Spencer Hospital strives to maintain state-of-the-art technology which is important to obtain good images. But that’s just part of the equation for excellence. It’s also essential to have experienced professionals who are skilled in the technical aspects of their work.”

Spencer Hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging services has obtained and maintained ACR accreditation in numerous modalities, including:

·         Computerized Tomography – CT

·         CT Lung screening

·         Mammography/3D Mammography

·         Stereotactic Biopsy

·         Breast Ultrasound

·         General Ultrasound

·         Magnetic Resonance Imaging – MRI

·         Nuclear Medicine

·         Positron Emission Tomography - PET CT

“Achieving ACR accreditation in such a wide range of imaging modalities is a significant accomplishment for any hospital,” said radiologist Charles Crouch. “It informs the community that the highest standard of care has been awarded based on a rigorous evaluation process.”

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services. The ACR gold seal indicates that a patient’s prescribed imaging test will be done at a facility that has met the highest level of imaging quality and radiation safety.