Published on August 25, 2017

Firelands Regional Medical Center Earns ACR Accreditation in Stereotactic Breast Biopsy

(August 25, 2017 – Sandusky) Firelands Regional Medical Center 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).

A breast biopsy is performed to remove tissue— either surgically or through a less invasive procedure involving a hollow needle from a suspicious area in the breast. The tissue is examined under a microscope to determine a diagnosis. In a stereotactic breast biopsy, a special mammography attachment helps guide the biopsy needle to the site of the abnormal area.

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.

When a facility has the ACR gold seal, patients can feel confident that:

  • The facility has undergone a rigorous review process and meets nationally accepted standards of care.
  • The personnel are well qualified to perform your procedure and interpret your medical images.
  • The equipment is assessed by a medical imaging expert who verifies that it functions properly, takes optimal images and utilizes appropriate radiation dose levels.

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.

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