Summit Medical Center, a certified Pink Ribbon Facility™, was recently awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography after the American College of Radiology (ACR) reviewed its comprehensive digital imaging and diagnostics suite. The hospital’s technology-driven imaging systems include uniquely streamlined and mobile solutions, as well as state-of-the-art mammography equipment from Hologic®.
A mammogram is a common test that uses a low-dose X-Ray system to detect and diagnose breast cancer and other diseases; the Hologic system is held in particularly high regard for its early detection capabilities. After outputting sharp digital images, Hologic lets radiologists magnify scans and adjust their contrast levels to improve visibility; the digital mammography system also emits considerably less radiation than traditional imaging processes.
Receiving a gold seal of accreditation from ACR indicates that Summit Medical Center has met the organization’s highest standards for image quality and patient safety following a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists, all of whom are experts in the field. Included in the assessment criteria are image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs.
“Receiving accreditation from The American College of Radiology is no small feat,” said Cindy Elisson, mammogram technologist at Summit Medical Center. “New facilities trying to pass the ACR usually fail the first time around, but we passed!”
Leaders of Summit Medical Center are very pleased with this accomplishment, and are proud to offer their patients the safest and most comfortable diagnostic imaging procedures, including mammography from Hologic. The hospital’s imaging suite also includes ultrasound, CT scans, MRI, mobile X-Ray, pediatric imaging and more—all fully digital systems that allow for rapid turnaround of results and ease of sharing.
Women are encouraged to have their first mammogram by age 40, or sooner if there is a family history of breast cancer, and should talk to their doctor about when to set up their first appointment. Patients can also contact Summit Medical Center at 307.232.6600 to schedule an appointment or find out whether walk-in times are available; mammograms typically require less than 30 minutes, with the test itself lasting approximately 15 minutes. For more information, or to download a Diagnostic Imaging Order Form, visit SummitMedicalCasper.com.