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WCA CENTER FOR IMAGING BREAST ULTRASOUND AWARDED ACCREDITATION

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From Left: Theresa L. Moore, RDMS, WCA Hospital Senior Ultrasound Technologist; Lyndon Gritters, MD, board certified radiologist on staff at WCA Hospital; perform a breast ultrasound examination in the new state-of-the-art Center For Imaging & Medical Arts at WCA.

Jamestown, New York (Monday, May 18, 2009) - The Center For Imaging & Medical Arts at WCA Hospital Breast Ultrasound Program has achieve accreditation in breast ultrasound and awarded a three-year accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR).  WCA Hospital is the only accredited breast ultrasound program in Chautauqua County.  WCA Hospital is also accredited by the ACR in Mammography, MRI, Ultrasound Breast Core Biopsy, and Vascular Ultrasound.

The ACR accreditation is awarded for the achievement of high practice standards.  Evaluations are conducted by radiologists who are members of the ACR with special expertise in breast ultrasound or mammography.  They assess the quality of work being performed as well as the qualifications of the personnel involved including technologists and interpreting radiologists.

"Our accreditation reaffirms our commitment to provide exceptional diagnostic imaging services and give assurance to our patients that we offer the highest quality service available," said Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO.  "Accurate diagnosis and consistent, excellent patient care remains our top priority at WCA and we are proud of these outstanding distinctions and our physicians and staff who work very hard to maintain our high standards of clinical excellence and service."

The Center For Imaging & Medical Arts at WCA delivers the latest ultrasound technology provided by highly skilled board certified Radiologists on staff at WCA Hospital and registered ultrasound technologists.  Ultrasound is a device that uses sound waves to study internal structures and tissue.  A hand held device called a transducer is used to transmit and receive echo signals when placed against the skin.  Studies are digitally transmitted to a Radiologist for review, which provides the physician a timely result in an emergent situation and a quick turnaround time for scheduled exams.  Ultrasound services at the Center For Imaging & Medical Arts At WCA include, breast abdominal, aorta, pelvis, OB, arterial Doppler, venous, thyroid, carotid and testicular.

"Taking part in the accreditation process has been rewarding for everyone at the Center For Imaging," said Lyndon Gritters, MD, board certified radiologist on staff at WCA Hospital.  "Ultimately, this designation establishes the quality of our services, expertise and equipment compared with other imaging centers nationwide."

The ACR is a national organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic and interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, and nuclear medicine and medical physicists with program focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

To schedule a breast ultrasound exam at the Center For Imaging, please contact Scheduling at (716) 664-8448, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.  For more information on additional services offered at the Center For Imaging & Medical Arts at WCA, visit www.wcahospital.org or contact WCA Hospital Public Relations at (716) 664-8614.

WCA Hospital of Jamestown is Southwestern New York's largest not-for-profit health care provider, offering an extensive range of inpatient and outpatient acute care and rehabilitation services. WCA is accredited by The Joint Commission and the American College of Radiology; and is approved by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

 

 
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