Article-Mammography Receives Accreditation

Mon, 04/25/2022 - 17:00 -- Cyril Russell

McPherson Center for Health announces the recent successful accreditation of the mammography department by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

The ACR is the largest and oldest imaging accrediting body in the U.S. and a professional organization of 34,000 physicians. This accreditation is awarded to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation.

This accreditation affirms that the hospital’s mammography equipment, personnel, and quality control measures meet nationally-accepted standards of care. The review process includes a comprehensive assessment of these areas by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.

McPherson Center for Health’s Interim Executive Director of Operations Jim Barten said, “The accreditation process is rigorous. We provide documentation of our processes, education and certification credentials of our personnel, and equipment inventories which are all thoroughly reviewed by the accreditation team.”

Last fall, the hospital added 3D mammography capabilities.  Barten says the advantage of 3D mammography over traditional 2D imaging is that the images are cross-sections of the tissue, so that radiologists can actually see behind certain structures in order to gain a better understanding of the tissue composition.

Barten added, “This accreditation through the American College of Radiology is a requirement to meet FDA standards governed by the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) signed into law in October 1992. Our community can rest assured that our program meets the high standards necessary to the industry.