RANSON, W.Va. - West Virginia University Hospitals-East’s Jefferson Memorial Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in Digital Mammography, as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
Digital Mammography is considered the gold standard of breast health testing, offering advanced technology and sharper images for routine screenings or diagnostic studies. Jefferson Memorial Hospital began offering digital mammography in June when the new Womens Imaging Center opened across the street from the hospital.
Jefferson Memorial Hospital’s Selenia Dimensions digital mammography machine is the first of its kind in the state, and is capable of producing 3D images. “Our new digital mammography system offers many conveniences, from very soft and slow application of breast compression for smooth positioning and increased patient tolerance, to having digital images immediately available for viewing and interpretation,” stated Christine Vetter, MD, radiologist.
The ACR awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. They assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of facility equipment.
"Becoming ACR accredited in digital mammography is a great accomplishment,” stated Dan Sytsma, diagnostic imaging manager at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. “Offering a state-of-the-art digital mammography service is one more way Jefferson Memorial Hospital is giving patients the option to stay local for quality services and treatment,” he added.
Jefferson Memorial Hospital Mammography Tech Cassi Kline is shown performing a screening mammogram using the new digital equipment at the Womens Imaging Center.