J.C. Blair's New Digital Mammography Facility Earns ACR Accreditation
J.C. Blair's new digital mammography facility has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation as a 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.
J.C. Blair acquired digital mammography in December 2011. Digital mammography is different from conventional mammography in how the image of the breast is acquired and, more importantly, viewed. The radiologist can see more detail in the images, magnify the images, increase or decrease the contrast and invert the black and white values while reading the images. These features allow the radiologist to evaluate microcalcifications and focus on areas of concern. Because there is no waiting for film to be developed, it significantly reduces the need for repeat exams due to under or over exposure. Digital images are easily stored and transferred electronically, eliminating the dependency on one set of original films. In addition to offering superior mammography technology, the new system offers a more comfortable mammogram with breast plates angled to more naturally fit the contour of the breast.
"We are very proud to offer digital mammography to women in Huntingdon County and proud of our staff for acquiring this accreditation so quickly," said J.C. Blair Medical Imaging Director Larry Garman, Jr., R.T.(R),(CT),(ARRT).
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 Guidelines 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 they can use for continuous practice improvement.
The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 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.
To schedule a mammogram or for more information about this important breast health procedure, please contact J.C. Blair's Medical Imaging Department at (814) 643-8624.