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WCA Hospital Earns Prestigious ACR MRI Breast Reaccreditation


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From left, Holly Gatto, R.T. ( R) (MRI), Insight MRI Manager at WCA Hospital; Lyndon Gritters, M.D., board-certified radiologist on the medical staff at WCA Hospital; Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO; Tammara L. C. Hodges, Director of Imaging Services at WCA.

Gold Seal of Approval

Jamestown, New York (Tuesday, October 14, 2014)—WCA Hospital, the region’s health leader, has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the result of a recent review 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.

“The ACR accreditation is our gold seal of approval that acknowledges to our patients that they are receiving care that meets the highest level of national standards for imaging quality and patient safety, as well as, the expertise of our physicians and staff who are committed to excellence in patient care,” said Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO.

The accreditation 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 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.

Breast MRI is a safe, painless procedure that uses magnetic energy and radio waves to produce highly detailed images of the breasts and is not for every woman, and does not replace mammography, but as an adjunct tool, can be very useful.  If a woman has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, for example, MRI can help her surgeon better establish tumor extent as well as uncover additional cancers either in the same or the opposite breast.

Although breast MRI is primarily used for surgical treatment planning in women who have had breast cancer previously diagnosed through either Stereotactic or ultrasound guided needle biopsy, it has other applications.  For instance, certain women at high risk for breast cancer based on family history or genetic counseling often undergo breast MRI in addition to screening mammography.  Combined with computer-aided detection technology, breast MRI produces highly-detailed images that are overall more sensitive than mammography alone for the detection of breast cancer in these high risk women.

“Early detection combined with accurate diagnosis and treatment is essential in the fight against breast cancer,” said Dr. Lyndon Gritters, board-certified radiologist on the medical staff at WCA Hospital.  “Breast MRI enhances our ability to find otherwise undetectable cancers in certain patients.  More accurate diagnosis means more accurate treatment.” 

Breast MRI imaging and MRI-guided biopsy are the newest in a comprehensive array of breast health services available at the Center For Imaging & Medical Arts at WCA—designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology’s Commission on Breast Imaging.  Other services include Breast Patient Navigator Certification, breast and general ultrasound, interventional radiology, PET/CT Imaging, MRI imaging, bone densitometry (DEXA) screening, screening and diagnostic mammography with same day results, Stereotactic and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy and outpatient laboratory.

“Breast MRI is another example of our commitment to bringing the latest technology to WCA Hospital,” says Dr. Gritters.  “For certain women, it can play a significant role in their cancer journey, and ultimately, help them secure a good outcome.”

To schedule a Breast MRI exam, call (716) 664-8MRI (8674).  For more information on additional services offered at the Center For Imaging & Medical Arts at WCA, visit wcahospital.org.

About The ACR

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 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.

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