The American College of Radiology has awarded a three-year gold seal of accreditation in mammography to Cooper Clinic, representing the highest level of image quality and patient safety.
The ACR was founded in 1924 as a professional medial society and serves more than 37,000 radiologists nationwide. Practices must meet the ACR’s parameters and standards and receive a peer-review evaluation by physicians and medical physicists who look at image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control, and quality assurance. Cooper Clinic offers same-day mammography that uses a low-dose X-ray system to examine breasts.
Breastcancer.org says women should begin receiving mammograms yearly at age 40, and that even though a mammogram is the most important tool for finding growths, they still miss 20 percent of cancer. Ultrasounds and MRIs can also be used to detect difficult to find breast cancer. Mammograms can detect cancer before it can be felt and when it is most treatable. According to the ACR, for every 100 women who receive a mammogram, 96 will eventually be told results are normal, two will be asked to come back in 6 months, and two will be asked to have a needle biopsy where tissue will be studied more in depth.
“All women should have full understanding of mammography to make more informed decisions regarding breast health care. Knowing the facts decreases fear, empowering women to address their health concerns head on.” says Cooper Clinic Radiologist and breast imaging subspecialist Dr. R. Vance Dell via release.