Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre has been awarded a three-year term of 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 called a mammogram, which uses a low-dose x-ray to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast disease in women.
The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 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.
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 all 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.
“Our accreditation indicates that our services have met and exceeded national guidelines for mammography, and demonstrates our commitment to quality patient care,” said Dr. David Green, the Centre’s Clinical Director and Radiologist.
Dr. Green, also a Consultant Breast Specialist, is developing a comprehensive breast imaging program for Bermuda which aims to work directly with patients and their physicians to provide immediate results for diagnostic assessments, one on one consultation, and the highest level of specialist care for breast cancer diagnosis in Bermuda.
Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre is a Clinical Services facility and a registered charity. Clinical Services include Digital Mammography, Ultrasound and Bone Densitometry. With two digital mammography suites, the Centre performs over 9400 mammograms per year.
A spokesperson said, “Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre strongly believes that health screenings, such as mammograms, should be available to everyone regardless of insurance coverage or ability to pay. Providing a specialist approach to patient care, Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre has the lowest fees, flexible hours, (including after work and Saturday appointments), a convenient location, and lots of free parking. To learn more about Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre, visit www.chc.bm.”