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MCMC Receives Breast Imaging Center of Excellence Accreditation


Published on 9/13/2013
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2013 has been an incredible year for our Mammography Services department whose staff has accomplished something almost unheard of for most rural communities. They are now accredited for stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound breast scanning and biopsy making Mid-Columbia Medical Center (MCMC) a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.

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Pictured Above: Debra Myers, Mammography Technologist; Donna Culp, Lead Mammography Technologist; Joe Abbas, Director of Diagnostic Imaging

“We are now one of 15 Breast Imaging Center of Excellence sites in Oregon, and definitely the smallest of the communities to have done this among those facilities. In Washington, no one outside of Spokane has done it East of the Cascades. We truly are a regional center for all those patients,” states Joe Abbas, MCMC Director of Diagnostic Imaging.

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Pictured Above: Mammography Technologists Dianne Abbas and Holly Clausen

MCMC has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in breast ultrasound as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Ultrasound imaging is a noninvasive medical test that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and better treat medical conditions. Ultrasound imaging of the breast produces a picture of the internal structures of the breast.

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Pictured Above: Ultrasound Technologists Cheri Viltz and Peggy Royston

“This accreditation makes us stand out not only for mammography services but breast ultrasound breast scanning and biopsies and stereotactic biopsy that are now accredited. We receive peer review and constructive feedback on staff, qualifications, equipment, quality control, quality assurance, accuracy of needle placement, image quality and dose.  It holds us to a higher standard of imaging and care for our patients,” states Donna Culp, Lead Mammography Technologist at MCMC.

mammography breast health the dallesPictured Above: Ultrasound Technologist Katherine Holeman

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 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.

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 Pictured Above: Lead Ultrasound Technologist, Lynn Hoylman

“This accreditation lets our community know we’re committed to providing the best care possible in the Gorge. We voluntarily took these steps to ensure we have in place the necessary checks and balances and resources to provide the most up-to-date care,” states Donna Culp, Lead Mammography Technologist at MCMC.

mammography breast health the dallesPictured Above: Administrative Assistant, Rachel Crowder