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St. Anthony Digital Mammography Receives Recertification

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

The new three-year certificate is issued by the Food and Drug Administration in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) as the accrediting body. The certification is effective until November 2015.

The certification process requires that all mammography facilities abide by the criteria established by the Mammography Quality Standards Act.  The criteria evaluated includes: the type of equipment, the type of procedures, the names and qualifications of the personnel performing and interpreting the examinations, the quality assurance measures performed annually, and the qualifications and annual report of the radiation physicist. The certification also requires that two patient studies are submitted for evaluation by 2-3 independent radiologists within the state.  These radiologists have criteria of about 20 items that must meet certain standards for the images to pass.  “Although the certificate is issued once every three years, the certification process is actually an ongoing effort by our staff, the physicians, and service personnel to maintain quality standards which provide the best possible examinations for our patients,” said  Nancy Malloy, Director of Radiology. As part of the certification process, the Mammography Department is also inspected each year by the IDPH to review staff credentials, verify equipment performance, and review the mandated quality assurance tests.

St. Anthony Regional Hospital has provided digital mammography services for the community since July 2009.  Appointments for screening mammograms can be made by calling 712-794-5202. Appointments for patients experiencing some mammography symptoms must contact their physician to arrange an appointment. Since the end of the year is approaching, please schedule your appointments early to obtain the best appointment time to meet your needs.  Certain Medicare/insurance restrictions may apply.

 




St. Anthony Regional Hospital & Nursing Home
311 S. Clark
Carroll, IA 51401