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Digital Mammography at LCMC earns certification

Posted on Monday, August 20, 2012 at 9:05 am

Lincoln County Medical Center has been awarded annual certification in Digital Mammography from the Mammography Quality Standards Act of 1992 (MQSA), an accreditation program regulated by the US Food & Drug Administration. Congress enacted MQSA to ensure that all women have access to quality mammography for the detection of breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages.

Pictured left to right; Radiology Mammography Techs, Vicki Prather and Andrea Miller.

Earning MQSA certification demonstrates the ability to exceed the industry standards for mammography and assures the patients and medical community that the center provides yet another high quality service to the residents of Lincoln County.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer.  As alarming as these facts are, the prospect for early detection, successful treatment, and long-term survival is at an all-time high. Annual mammograms can detect cancer early — when it is most treatable.  Mammograms can also prevent the need for extensive treatment for advanced cancers. Current guidelines from the American College of Radiology, the American Cancer Society, and the Society for Breast Imaging recommend that women receive annual mammograms starting at age 40 — even if they have no symptoms or family history of breast cancer.

To fully achieve the benefits, all elements of the mammography system must be of high quality. Mammography is a highly challenging radiographic examination. Therefore, the equipment must be capable of producing quality images and be maintained and operated by qualified individuals. Physicians who interpret these images, likewise, must be highly skilled. Led by Dr. Eugene Beal and Greg Heidbrier, our staff has demonstrated their commitment to quality patient care by achieving this distinction.

In November, 2011, Lincoln County Medical Center installed its full-field digital mammography system which allows for faster and more accurate images compared to film images. This technology is the latest addition to the hospital’s Radiology Department. In addition to the new digital mammography system, Lincoln County Medical Center also offers the 1.5 Tesla Open Bore MRI – all of which are the latest clinical advancements in health care.