East Stroudsburg, PA – Pocono Medical Center (PMC) has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation with a gold seal in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine the breast, and it is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.
“This accreditation is another step in demonstrating how PMC is committed to making our community healthier through the prevention of diseases like breast cancer,” notes Kathleen E. Kuck, President and CEO, Pocono Health System/Pocono Medical Center. 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 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.
PMC has a dedicated team of breast health care professionals comprised of a fellowship trained board certified radiologist, MQSA certified technologists, and a breast care nurse navigator. PMC offers state-of-the-art digital mammography for patients, which is proven to deliver faster, more precise and more comfortable detection of breast abnormalities. In addition, PMC offers free language interpretation and funding is available for digital mammogram patients who do not have insurance. It is recommended that all women age 40 and over should have an annual screening mammogram.
The ACR, the largest and oldest imaging accrediting body in the United States, is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 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.