Saint Anne’s Hospital earns accreditation for breast MRI from the American College of Radiology

By Saint Anne's Hospital | Mar 27, 2017

FALL RIVER, Mass. – The American College of Radiology (ACR) has awarded Saint Anne’s Hospital a three-year term of accreditation in breast MRI as the result of a recent review.

MRI of the breast offers valuable information about many breast conditions that may not be obtained by other imaging modalities, such as mammography or ultrasound.

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. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.

In addition to breast MRI, Saint Anne’s ACR accreditations include computed tomography (CT), mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, and radiation oncology. The hospital also participates in the ACR’s Dose Index Registry®, which allows the hospital to compare its computed tomography (CT) dose indices to regional and national values; and its echocardiology lab has earned accreditation for echocardiography (adult transthoracic) by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission.

Saint Anne’s Diagnostic Imaging Services’ fully digitized network of imaging technology assures the highest imaging quality with less time and inconvenience for patients, as well as rapid access to the results for providers in the Steward Health Care network and beyond.

About the American College of Radiology: Founded in 1924, the American College of Radiology is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. The College serves more than 37,000 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.

About Saint Anne's Hospital: Founded by the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation in 1906, Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, Massachusetts, is a full-service, acute care Catholic hospital with 185 beds and satellite locations in Attleboro, Swansea, Dartmouth, New Bedford, and Stoughton, Massachusetts.

A member of Steward Health Care, Saint Anne’s provides nationally recognized patient- and family-centered inpatient care (including all private rooms) and outpatient clinical services to patients from surrounding Massachusetts and Rhode Island communities.

In addition to comprehensive diagnostic, medical, surgical, and emergency services, Saint Anne’s key services include Saint Anne’s Hospital Regional Cancer Center in Fall River and Dartmouth; the Joint Commission-certified Center for Orthopedic Excellence; ambulatory surgery centers in Attleboro and Dartmouth; the Center for Pain Management in Swansea and Dartmouth; and geriatric psychiatry services at locations in Fall River and Stoughton.

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