Gold standard designation in breast imaging excellence at Emory University Hospital Midtown
Woodruff Health Sciences Center | Jan. 9, 2012
Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM) has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The designation signifies the gold standard in imaging accreditation, assuring patients of the highest level of image quality and safety at a facility.
By awarding facilities the status of Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and breast MRI. EUHM had previously earned accreditation in mammography.
The voluntary and rigorous review process to gain accreditation lets patients know the facility meets or exceeds nationally accepted guidelines in its breast imaging services for high practice standards.
“The Breast Imaging Center of Excellence designation signifies that personnel at the hospital are well qualified, through education and certification, not only to perform imaging and image-guided biopsies, but to interpret the results, as well,” says Jean Kunjummen, DO, director of the Breast Imaging Center at Emory University Hospital Midtown and assistant professor of radiology, Emory University School of Medicine. “It also highlights the quality and safety of our services, and we are very pleased our staff’s hard work and dedication have paid off.”
The review process also assures the imaging equipment meets or exceeds established standards.
“Emory University Hospital Midtown has three digital mammography machines, with a fourth being added soon, two ultrasounds and one unit for performing stereotactic biopsies,” says Randy Bethea, RT, assistant director of the Breast Imaging Centers at Emory Healthcare. “Because of this equipment and our skilled staff, we are able to offer a variety of diagnostic and treatment options to our patients.”
The ACR accreditation lasts for a period of three years, then medical facilities must reapply for review again.
The ACR is a national, professional organization serving more than 34,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists.