Mammography Program Earns ACR Accreditation

  • TBH’s new MAMMOMAT 3D mammography system, from left, with: Marc Schoen, director of Diagnostic Imaging; Courtney Bollinger, certified mammographer and David West, M.D., radiologist.

The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) has been awarded a three-year term of re-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 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.

“We are very pleased with the results of the inspection,” said Marc Schoen, director of Diagnostic Imaging at TBH. “This rating and re-accreditation reflects the high quality and professionalism of our mammography staff and services.”

This past March, TBH advanced the fight against breast cancer with the purchase and installation of MAMMOMAT Revelation, an innovative 3D mammography system designed to overcome barriers to breast cancer detection and compliance.

“We chose MAMMOMAT Revelation because the wide-angle technology makes it easier to find smaller lesions earlier than with 2D mammography, and with greater accuracy,” continued Schoen.

“Our goal has always been to provide clear images that help make early detection possible, while offering a comfortable and quality experience for our patients during the exam.”

For additional information on the Women’s Imaging Center at The Bellevue Hospital, call 419.483.4040, Ext. 4234.

About the ACR

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.