American College of Radiology Awards Imaging Center at St. Mary Medical Center Accreditation

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The Sr. Mary Sabina Sullivan Women’s Health Center and the Vincent Esposito Imaging Center at St. Mary Medical Center has been awarded accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.

“We are all very proud to be a part of this fully accredited center. The commitment from the staff and support from the St. Mary Foundation have made this a reality,” said Imaging Center Coordinator Lillian Herrera.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

One of the first centers to offer the community digital mammography, the Imaging Center recently relocated to the first floor of the 1045 Atlantic Ave. Professional Building, Ste. 105. Nearly 7,500 women come to the center each year, 90 percent of them with little or no insurance.

Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of premature death among women and the leading cause of death among women in the Asian/Pacific Islander community in Long Beach. The community also struggles with disproportionately high rates of poverty and unemployment.

The Imaging Center offers unparalleled levels of service to the Greater Long Beach community, in terms of personalized coordination of care for each patient by a registered nurse, preventive education, and direct community health services. As the need for mammography screenings and diagnostics has increased, the center has grown and recently added a second digital mammography unit.

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