Lake Charles, Louisiana – CHRISTUS Ochsner Health Southwestern Louisiana is kicking off October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) by announcing the James W. Gardiner Breast Center at CHRISTUS Ochsner-Lake Area has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
MRI of the breast offers valuable information about many breast conditions that may not be obtained by other imaging modalities, such as mammography or ultrasound.
“We are very pleased to achieve ACR accreditation for our MRI breast program,” said David Boudreaux, Administrator, CHRISTUS Ochsner Lake Area Hospital. This certification is a huge asset to our team who are working so diligently to provide a full array of services for our breast patients.”
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 Parameters 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 that can be used for continuous practice improvement.
The MRI accreditation complements the James W. Gardiner Breast Centers accreditations for other breast modalities including mammography and ultrasound. The Center is currently working to obtain the ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence designation, which is awarded to breast imaging centers that achieve excellence by seeking and earning accreditation in all of the ACR’s voluntary breast-imaging accreditation programs and modules.
The ACR, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. The College serves more than 37,000 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 James W. Gardiner Breast Center offers a complete continuum of women’s breast care including Screening Mammograms, Diagnostic Breast Mammogram, Breast MRI, Breast Ultrasound, Breast Biopsy, and Genetic Testing for cancer risk. To learn more about a breast MRI, or to schedule a mammogram or other imaging services call 337.431.7887.