MidMichigan earns ACR accreditation in breast ultrasound

MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in breast ultrasound as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology.

“The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety,” Steve Hand, imaging services manager, said. “Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed by the ACR.”

Ultrasound imaging is a noninvasive medical test that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and better treat medical conditions. Ultrasound imaging of the breast produces a picture of the internal structures of the breast.

In addition to being accredited in breast ultrasound, MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena is accredited in mammography and stereotactic breast biopsy.

It provides complete imaging, intervention and treatment for breast cancer. In addition, MidMichigan’s breast health program includes full-field digital mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, ultrasound guided breast biopsy, breast ultrasound, breast MRI, and computer-aided detection. With this imaging and interventional techniques, a major leap forward is being taken toward the early and minimally invasive detection of breast cancer. Those interested in more information about MidMichigan Health’s breast health program may visit www.midmichigan.org/breast.