MARSHALL, Missouri — Women who receive 3D mammography services at Fitzgibbon Hospital can be sure they are receiving the highest level of image quality and safety during their exams, because the hospital’s accreditation was renewed for three additional years by the American College of Radiology. The notification is particularly “timely”, with October’s national focus on early detection of breast cancer.
Fitzgibbon Hospital has maintained its ACR accreditation for over 20 years.
Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine breast tissue. A mammogram, called a mammogram, is used to help detect and diagnose breast diseases early, including breast cancer, in women and some men. Fitzgibbon has been providing state-of-the-art mammograms using 3D technology since 2015.
The American College of Radiology recommends that all women have annual mammograms starting at age 40.
“These types of accreditations are very important to our hospital, and it’s important that women in our community know about them. They can be sure that their annual mammogram is delivered in the highest quality setting by a state-of-the-art machine. There is absolutely no reason to seek care elsewhere,” said Angy Littrell, President and CEO of Fitzgibbon Hospital.
ACR accreditation is considered the “gold standard” in accreditation. It is awarded only to facilities that meet the practice parameters and technical standards of the ACR after peer review by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, qualifications of facility staff, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are all evaluated as part of the process. of accreditation.
The results are then reported to the ACR Accreditation Committee, which then provides the firm or institution with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.
RAC, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by enabling radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. RAC serves more than 37,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear physicians and medical physicists with programs focused on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the provision of comprehensive health services and quality.
To schedule your 3D mammogram, call 660831-3208. If your doctor has already written a prescription, please bring it with you to your appointment.
Otherwise, Fitzgibbon Hospital planning staff will contact your doctor on your behalf.