HHC earns mammography accreditation

HHC earns mammography accreditation

May 1, 2017

Henderson Health Care has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose X-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.

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.

Corrine Friesen, HHC Radiologic Technologist said, “The ACR mammo accreditation, performed every three years, is a highly detailed evaluation of the mammo equipment, the radiologists reading the exams and the technologists’ performance to ensure high quality, safe exams are being performed. We must submit multiple documents to demonstrate our equipment and QA is up to date, ensure continuing education for the radiologists and techs and provide near-perfect images for rigorous review by two different evaluators in order to pass. This ensures that the patient is receiving the highest quality breast imaging that can be provided.”