April 22, 2016
High achievement for mammo testing at RVH
Renfrew Victoria Hospital has once again been recognized with a three-year term of accreditation in mammography by the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR).
“As with so many of our programs at RVH, we strive for excellence in patient care—accreditation is an essential part of providing the very best patient care possible,” comments Phil Crozier, head of the RVH diagnostic imaging department.
Obtaining accreditation status is an intense process involving strict quality control standards and a thorough evaluation process. The team is required to monitor daily equipment performance, perform thorough weekly machine testing and submit a selection of case studies and testing results.
“Accreditation is most important for our patients because it means that we have the absolute best equipment, the best physician credentials and that everything in the mammography suite is always kept up to date,” explains RVH Mammographer Debbie Tiernay.
The Mammography Accreditation Program was instituted more than 20 years ago to ensure the quality of mammography images meets the highest standards.
RVH has provided fully accredited mammography services since 1995 and is an Ontario Breast Screeening Program (OBSP) site.
Mammograms involve a low-dose x-ray of breast tissue to detect and evaluate breast changes. The exam is performed to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases. RVH began offering fully digitized mammography examinations in 2011.
RVH President and CEO Randy Penney congratulates the team for their continued commitment to the program: “Being awarded with accreditation in mammography is a major achievement for our department, hospital and, most importantly, for our patients who utilize our services.”
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