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Breast Care Center at Northwest Hospital Receives American College of Radiology Accreditation
The Herman & Walter Samuelson Breast Care Center at Northwest Hospital
has been awarded accreditation in digital mammography as the result of a recent
review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The Breast Care Center has
held ACR accreditation ever since the organization started accrediting for
mammography in 1992. The Breast Care Center's first digital mammography unit
received accreditation in December 2007, and this new designation is for its
second digital unit. For the Northwest Hospital Breast Care Center to earn
accreditation, the ACR assessed the qualifications of its radiologists, medical
physicists and mammography technologists and reviewed equipment standards, image
quality, reporting and patient follow-up.
The Herman & Walter
Samuelson Breast Care Center is part of LifeBridge Health's Alvin & Lois
Lapidus Cancer Institute. All of its mammography technology is digital, and as a
certified Softer Mammogram Provider, it one of only a few centers in the
Baltimore area offering women a free MammoPad®, an FDA-cleared, warmed, foam
cushion that dramatically eases the discomfort many women feel when they get a
mammogram. In addition to digital mammography, the center offers medical
services such as breast ultrasound, breast biopsy and bone densitometry. The new
ACR accreditation continues the Breast Care Center's exceptional record of
providing quality care with leading edge technology.
headquartered in Reston, Va., 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. The evaluators report their
findings to the ACR's Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides
the practice with a comprehensive report.
The ACR is a national
organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic and interventional
radiologists, radiation oncologists, and nuclear medicine and medical physicists
with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology
and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.
Hospital is a member of LifeBridge Health, a regional health organization, which
includes Sinai Hospital, Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital, Jewish
Convalescent & Nursing Home, and related subsidiaries and affiliates.