OLATHE, KAN. (Oct. 25, 2012) – The Olathe Medical Pavilion at Olathe Medical Center (OMC) has been named a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence and 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). The staff at the Olathe Medical Pavilion completed a rigorous review process and met nationally accepted standards to achieve this accreditation.
A breast biopsy is performed to remove cells 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 gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. This accreditation 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 technologists in the Women’s Imaging Suite at the Pavilion provide outstanding service and care deeply for their patients,” Dan Eyler, director of radiology at OMC, said. “Excellence is more than a high-quality image. It is compassion, a shoulder to lean on when you’re afraid and a heartfelt smile. The success of our breast imaging center is a team effort, including physicians, mammographers and sonographers.”