Cambridge, MA...Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) announced today that its Cambridge Hospital campus has been named a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
The ACR also awarded CHA a three-year term of accreditation in Breast Ultrasound and Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy following a recent survey. CHA's Mammography and Mammographic Biopsy facilities were previously granted accreditation.
"I am excited the ACR has recognized CHA's commitment to delivering state-of-the-art imaging services to our patients," said Janet Baum, MD, CHA's Director of Breast Imaging. "The designation is also a credit to our radiologic technologists, whose expert care and exceptional patient safety measures have been pivotal in achieving this milestone."
CHA continues to enhance its radiology services to improve patient access. It is currently installing a cutting-edge magnetic resonance (MR) scanner at its Cambridge Hospital campus. The new technology will allow for shorter scan times, better image quality, and improved patient comfort, as it will offer feet-first scanning capability for most exams to help claustrophobic patients. The MR unit will allow increased capacity for breast cancer detection and screening, including biopsy capabilities. Once the MR unit is fully installed, CHA will obtain accreditation for Breast MRI and MRI-Guided Biopsy.
CHA offers comprehensive breast health services to women from across Massachusetts. This includes digital mammography at each of its three hospital campuses (Cambridge, Somerville, and Whidden), the Cambridge Breast Center, and the new Cambridge Breast Center Whidden satellite office. For more information, call 617-665-2001 or visit www.challiance.org/breastcenter.
The ACR, headquartered in Reston, Va., awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. They assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of facility equipment. The surveyors report their findings to the ACR's Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report.
Cambridge Health Alliance is an innovative, award-winning health system that provides high quality care in Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston's metro-north communities. It includes three hospital campuses, a network of primary care and specialty practices, the Cambridge Public Health Dept., and the Network Health plan. CHA is a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate and is also affiliated with Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Tufts University School of Medicine. Visit us online at www.challiance.org.