UPMC Chautauqua WCA earns accreditation in mammography

Submitted Photo From left, are Crystal Schwab and Eileen Bertrando, R.T reviewing a Breast Tomosynthesis image are staff mammographers at The Center For Imaging At WCA,

JAMESTOWN — UPMC Chautauqua WCA has been awarded the maximum three-year term of re-accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). UPMC Chautauqua WCA is the first hospital in the region to provide 3-D mammography.

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 Parameters 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 that can be used for continuous practice improvement.

“One of the fundamental values at our hospital is a commitment to high quality care,” said Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, president, UPMC Chautauqua WCA. “Early detection of breast cancer means faster intervention and improved survival rates. We are very proud to receive this important designation that recognizes our strength in quality breast imaging.”

Breast tomosynthesis or 3-D mammography is the newest in a comprehensive array of breast health services available at the Center For Imaging & Medical Arts at WCA. Donated by the friends of LINKS Charity, 3D mammography is a technique that combines multiple images to give radiologists the ability to find the smallest irregularities – even in the densest of breast tissue.

Lyndon Gritters, MD, board-certified radiologist on the medical staff, says 3D mammography is one of the most promising new diagnostic tools in detecting breast cancer early when it is most curable. “One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer over the course of her lifetime,” said Dr. Gritters. “Successful treatment of breast cancer depends on early diagnosis. While other diagnostic tests may be necessary, the mammography screening is the first line of defense against breast cancer. When it comes to something as important as mammography, only the highest quality of care should do. We are pleased to provide accredited mammography care, close to home.”

The Center For Imaging at WCA is designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the ACR that recognizes breast imaging center that have earned accreditation in Mammography, Breast MRI, Stereotactic Breast Biopsy, Breast Ultrasound, CT, Nuclear Medicine, MRI, and Ultrasound.

The ACR, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. The College serves more than 37,000 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.

To schedule an appointment for a mammogram, call 664-8448. For more information, visit UPMCChautauquaWCA.org.

About UPMC Chautauqua WCA Center For Imaging

The Center For Imaging, located directly behind UPMC Chautauqua WCA, provides a unique concept of centralizing diagnostic and imaging services under a convenient outpatient environment designed with comfort, privacy, and convenience in mind. The center provides same day 3-D mammogram screening results, ultrasound services, MRI imaging, PET/CT imaging, bone densitometry screening, stereotactic and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, and an outpatient laboratory draw station. For more information on the Center For Imaging, visit UPMCChautauquaWCA.org. To schedule an appointment for same day mammogram results, call 664-8448.