2014-04-11 / Community

St. John’s Accredited For Mammography


Mammography at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital receives national accreditation for their service. St. John’s mammography technologists include (from left to right): Michelle Burchette, RT; Lorraine Gabbola, RT; and Denise Alfieri, RT. Mammography at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital receives national accreditation for their service. St. John’s mammography technologists include (from left to right): Michelle Burchette, RT; Lorraine Gabbola, RT; and Denise Alfieri, RT. St. John’s Episcopal Hospital 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 lowdose 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 accreditation represents an advanced level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR’s national 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.

A hospital spokesperson noted, “the Diagnostic Imaging Department at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital is committed to providing the highest quality inpatient and outpatient clinical services and multi-modality imaging capabilities. Staffed by American College of Radiology board-certified radiologists, licensed technologists and professional staff, the health care team provides state of the art imaging services to accommodate patients’ medical needs while providing a compassionate and safe patient care environment.”

St. John’s Imaging Department currently offers many diagnostic imaging modalities including: Ultrasound; Nuclear Medicine/Cardiac Stress Testing; EEG; Computed Tomography (CT) Scan; Interventional Radiology; Radiology; Mammography; MRI; and Bone Densitometry. Their newest service is pediatric sedation for diagnostic imaging such as MRIs, CT scans and EEGs.

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