AMERICAN COLLEGE OF RADIOLOGY (ACR) ACCREDITS MENDOCINO COAST DISTRICT HOSPITAL MAMMOGRAPHY PROGRAM
Fort Bragg, Calif. – April 08, 2013 – Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH) has received accreditation for its mammography program from the American College of Radiology (ACR).
“The ACR accreditation is a designation which affirms the quality of the service and reports produced by the MCDH Diagnostic Imaging Center,” explained Imaging Center Manager Noe Hinojosa.
The ACR Mammography Accreditation Program provides peer review and feedback on staff qualifications, equipment, quality control and assurance, image quality and dose. Accreditation is required for all U.S. facilities. To learn more, visit ACR.Org.
The Imaging Center’s GE Senographe Essential digital mammography machine can image virtually any patient with flexible, off-centered ergonomic paddles even for very small breasts to improve both patient comfort and image accuracy, according to Hinojosa. “Exams are quick and accurate with a low dose of radiation and there is easy wheelchair access,” he said.
Why Get a Mammogram?
The American Cancer Society estimates that a woman in the U.S. has a one in eight chance of developing invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. It is the second most common type of cancer among women in the U.S., and the leading cause of death among women 40-49.
To learn more about the hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging Center, visit MCDH.Org (see Centers of Excellence on the homepage) or call DI Center Manager Hinojosa directly at 961-4632.
About Mendocino Coast District Hospital. Mendocino Coast District Hospital is a 25-bed acute care facility licensed by the State of California Department of Health Services and accredited by The Joint Commission. MCDH provides emergency, inpatient and outpatient services, and healthcare education to prevent, manage and treat chronic and acute conditions. The hospital is located on the California coast, approximately 160 miles north of San Francisco.