DES MOINES, Iowa—Mercy Mammography at Mercy Central Campus has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in stereotactic breast biopsy as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
Earning the ACR gold seal of accreditation in stereotactic breast biopsy 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. 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.
Breast biopsies are performed to remove cells — either surgically or through a less invasive procedure involving a hollow needle — from an area in the breast suspected to be cancerous. These cells are examined under a microscope to determine a diagnosis. In stereotactic breast biopsy, a special mammography machine helps guide the radiologist’s instruments to the site of an abnormal growth.
The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.
Mercy Mammography at Mercy West is currently going through the accreditation process to become certified. Throughout Iowa, there are eight sites in Iowa accredited by the ACR to perform stereotactic breast biopsies.
About Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines
Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines is an 802-bed acute care, not-for-profit Catholic hospital situated on three campuses. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893, Mercy is the longest continually operating hospital in Des Moines and one of the largest employers in the state, with nearly 6,900 employees and a medical staff of more than 800 physicians and 200 allied health professionals. Mercy is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Englewood, Colo. For more information, visit www.mercydesmoines.org.
Sarah Todd, Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines