MidMichigan Receives Breast Ultrasound Accreditation
MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena’s Breast Health Program has received a three-year accreditation in breast ultrasound from the American College of Radiology’s (ACR) Breast Ultrasound Accreditation Program. The program provides facilities performing breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsies peer review and constructive feedback on staff qualifications, equipment, quality control, quality assurance, accuracy of needle placement and image quality.
An ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to produce images. In breast evaluation, it’s most often used to further evaluate a density or mass seen on a mammogram, or to evaluate a lump felt during a manual exam. Ultrasound can also be used to guide biopsy procedures.
“Having achieved this accreditation in breast ultrasound, the Breast Health Program is on track to become a Center of Excellence in Breast Care,” said Steven Hand, imaging services manager, MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena. “I am proud of our staff for their hard work and dedication to providing excellent care to all of our patients, who can be assured they will receive the highest standard of breast health care right here in Alpena.”
The Breast Health Program provides patients a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to breast health care, with a dedicated team of physicians, nurses and other health professionals working together to develop individualized treatment plans. The program also offers patients the latest technology in breast health, including 3-D mammography for all screening mammograms.
Mammography is key to earlier detection and better treatment of breast cancer, and all women should get an annual screening mammogram beginning at age 40. Mammograms can be scheduled online at my.midmichigan.net.
Those who would like more information about the Breast Health Program may visit www.midmichigan.org/breast.