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UPMC Chautauqua WCA Earns ACR Accreditation in Mammography


American College of Radiology Seal
American College of Radiology Seal.

JAMESTOWN, NY (October 2, 2017)— UPMC Chautauqua WCA 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 that uses a low-dose X-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.

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.

“One of the fundamental values at our hospital is a commitment to high quality care,” said Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, president, UPMC Chautauqua WCA. “Early detection of breast cancer means faster intervention and improved survival rates.  We are very proud to receive this important designation that recognizes our strength in quality breast imaging.”

Donated by the friends of LINKS Charity, UPMC Chautauqua WCA is proud to be the first hospital in the region to provide 3D mammography.  

Lyndon Gritters, MD, board-certified radiologist on the medical staff of UPMC Chautauqua WCA, says breast tomosynthesis is one of the most promising new diagnostic tools in detecting breast cancer early when it is most curable.  “One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer over the course of her lifetime,” Dr. Gritters said.  “The cutting-edge 3D mammography technology is shown to improve breast cancer detection rates.  When cancers are found earlier, it increases the chances of survival.  Breast tomosynthesis takes multiple images of the entire breast and allows my colleagues, who are experts in detecting breast lesions through the use of mammography, to see through the layers of breast tissue and examine the areas of concern from all angles.”

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.

To schedule an appointment for a mammogram, call 716-664-8448.  For more information, visit


About UPMC Chautauqua WCA Center For Imaging

The Center For Imaging, located directly behind UPMC Chautauqua WCA, provides a unique concept of centralizing diagnostic and imaging services under a convenient outpatient environment designed with comfort, privacy, and convenience in mind.  The center provides same day 3D mammogram screening results. For more information on the Center For Imaging, visit  To schedule an appointment for same day mammogram results, call 716-664-8448.


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