WCH Mammography Department Receives Another Perfect Score

Corydon, August 20, 2012: The Wayne County Hospital Radiology Department completed its annual inspection meeting the quality standards of Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) and received a “no findings” rating, the highest rating possible.  “Congratulations to our Mammography Department on their stellar performance while providing exceptionally good care for our patients,” commented Daren Relph, CEO of Wayne County Hospital.

 The Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) compares specific items in six major areas (equipment performance, technologist QC, medical physicist survey, personnel qualifications, medical reports and outcome audits) to required standard. This law covers all mammography facilities, including those that examine Medicare or private pay patients and those that are only screening or diagnostic facilities.

 Katie Newton, RT(R)(M) WCH Radiology Director, advises “The inspection reviews the production quality of mammograms, ensures proper monitoring of the performance of equipment, organizational skills and tech knowledge. This was our first annual inspection for our digital mammography equipment. We are pleased our results represent our ability to offer high quality, reliable mammography for our patients.”

 This routine accreditation certifies that the WCH Mammography Department understands the current regulations and has successfully passed the required quality control tests to retain accreditation.                     

 The WCH Mammography Department is staffed by three mammography technologists dedicated to providing quality mammography care. Screening mammograms are the most common way to detect early-stage breast cancer.  The American Cancer Society recommends women ages 40 and older have an annual breast screening. Early detection is essential in the fight against breast cancer. For additional information or to schedule your digital mammogram appointment, please call 872-5237.