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Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center’s Women’s Imaging Center at Conemaugh East Hills has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in stereotactic breast biopsy as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Conemaugh was recognized for “excellent quality work” for clinical and phantom image submissions and there were no deficiencies.
The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.
“We are very proud to offer accredited women’s imaging services to our community,” said Cliff Dull, Director of Imaging at Conemaugh Health System. “Stereotactic breast biopsy is an important part of diagnosing breast cancer. This accreditation shows that we are providing quality biopsies that are in alignment with the best in the nation.”
A breast biopsy is performed to remove cells — either surgically or through a less invasive procedure involving a hollow needle — from an area in the breast suspected to be cancerous. These cells are examined under a microscope to determine a diagnosis. In stereotactic breast biopsy, a special mammography machine helps guide the radiologist’s instruments to the site of an abnormal growth.
“We treat our patients like family,” said Bill Smithtro, Operations Manager for the Department of Medical Imaging. “Breast cancer can be a worrisome and life-changing diagnosis. Our team makes each patient experience as simple and relaxed as possible, while we’re also helping the physicians to obtain and determine results of the biopsy.”
The ACR, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. The College serves more than 37,000 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.