You’re following your doctor’s orders and get your mammogram every year. Good for you! Mammograms are the best way to detect breast cancer early.
But a mammogram is only as good as the facility in which it’s performed.
Not all imaging centers are created equal. Only a select few are designated a Breast Imaging Center of excellence by the American College of Radiology. The Women’s Imaging Center at Beaufort Memorial Hospital maintains this prestigious accreditation.
“You have to go through a rigorous review process to show you’re meeting the highest standards," says Jackie Brown, clinical manager of the imaging center. “For patients, it means they can rest assured they’re getting the best breast care from screening to diagnosis.”
|Jackie Brown, clinical director of the Beaufort Memorial Women's Imaging Center, understands the importance of compassionate and high-quality care.|
“Accreditation is not something you decide to do overnight,” says center Mammography Supervisor Mary Stutts. “There is a significant application process involved in earning accreditation.”
At the Women's Imaging Center, a panel of board certified physicians and physicists who are experts in the field conducted peer-review evaluations. They determined that the center achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality-control procedures and quality-assurance programs.
The imaging center offers another valuable service: same-day results.
“Women get so nervous waiting to hear if their screening mammogram is normal,” Stutts says. “Instead of sending them home not knowing the results, we tell them before they leave. They don’t have to wait a week or two to get a card in the mail and they can rest assured they have received the best mammogram that technology has to offer in our facility.”
|Navigators like Brooke are here to help guide you through the imaging process.
At the Women’s Imaging Center, an on-site radiologist reviews every mammogram as soon as it’s completed. Should the scan reveal anything suspicious, further diagnostic testing can be performed on the spot. The radiologist may recommend a diagnostic mammogram or ultrasound, which includes more images of the area of concern.
“We’ve eliminated a lot of the wait time,” says Breast Ultrasound Technologist and Imaging Navigator Brooke Jenkins. “If something shows up on the mammogram, you don’t have to go home and worry about it for days. As an imaging navigator, I meet with patients, discuss their results, and schedule any necessary appointments before they leave the breast center."
"This process reduces a lot of the anxiety women experience when told there is an abnormality in their breast. Our goal is to always provide excellent care to these women."