CHRISTUS St. Michael Imaging Center is the Texarkana region’s only Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). By awarding facilities the status of a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in mammography, breast magnetic resonance imaging, stereotactic breast biopsy and breast ultrasound (including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy).
“When patients see the ACR gold seal at CHRISTUS St. Michael Imaging Center, they should be aware their prescribed imaging tests are being performed at a facility that has met the highest level of imaging quality and radiation safety,” said Lisa Patterson, Director of Imaging Services.
To achieve the ACR Gold Standard of Accreditation, CHRISTUS St. Michael Imaging Center’s personnel qualifications, equipment requirements, quality assurance, and quality control procedures have gone through a rigorous review process and have met specific qualifications, according to the ACR. Patients should know that every aspect of the ACR accreditation process is overseen by board-certified, expert radiologists, and medical physicists in advanced diagnostic imaging.
“Accreditation as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence demonstrates our technologists and radiologists have received additional training and education in the accredited modalities to perform medical imaging and interpret those images,” Patterson explained.
“In addition to being designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, CHRISTUS St. Michael Imaging Center offers our patients the latest in advanced technologies including 3D tomosynthesis mammography and MRI breast imaging
,” she said. “We were among the first imaging centers in the nation to provide breast tomosynthesis, a breakthrough in mammography that produces a 3D image of the breast, allowing enhanced visualization of breast tissue. MRI breast imaging is a supplemental tool used in select situations to aid in the diagnosis of breast cancer.”