The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 1, 2012

MRI accreditation helps center elevate standards

Randy Griffith
rgriffith@tribdem.com

WINDBER — A new accreditation in breast magnetic resonance imaging is part of Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center’s commitment to going beyond the standards to improve services, leaders said.

The three-year term of accreditation in breast MRI was awarded after a review by American College of Radiology. The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety.

“Accreditation is not required to get payment,” imaging director Erin Goins said, explaining the breast care center and Windber Medical Center sought the accreditation to bring services to the highest standards.

The accreditation process looked at staff education levels, quality of images produced, accuracy of calibrations on the equipment and a host of other criteria.

“This is a very important component to breast imaging,” Goins said, explaining that MRI of the breast offers valuable information about many breast conditions that may not be discernible on mammogram or ultrasound images.

“The biggest reason to do an MRI is an abnormality or family history of breast cancer,” Goins said.

The MRI scan uses magnetism, radio waves and a computer to produce images of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures.

It is often used to get a second look at suspicious lesions shown on mammograms.

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