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Breast MRI


MRI of the breast offers valuable information about many breast conditions that may not be obtained by mammography or ultrasound. “We are able to detect abnormalities in cases that may have gone undetected or sent to an institution out of town for appropriate workup,” says Christian Sell, M.D., radiologist at CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System.

“Breast MRI is mostly used in breast cancer diagnosis and staging. It is also used in breast cancer screening for women at higher risk.” The CHRISTUS St. Michael Imaging Center has been awarded an accreditation in breast MRI as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the largest and oldest imaging accrediting body in the U.S. and a professional organization of 34,000 physicians.

“We are very pleased to achieve ACR accreditation for our MRI breast program,” says Lisa Patterson, BS, CNMT, RT(N), director of imaging services at CHRISTUS St. Michael. “Our breast MRI program is a complete program offering both MRI of the breast and MRI-guided breast biopsy. It is overseen by a board-certified radiologist, who is fellowship trained in women’s imaging.” “CHRISTUS St. Michael Imaging Center is also ACR designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence as we have achieved ACR accreditation in all areas of breast imaging and procedures, which are mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, ultrasound breast, ultrasound breast biopsy and breast MRI,” Lisa says. “The ACR accreditation means that our facility’s personnel qualifications, equipment and quality control procedures have gone through a rigorous review process and have met very specific qualifications set forth by the ACR.”

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.