WCH Mammography Department Receives Perfect Score

October 1, 2010: 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. “We congratulate you on this outstanding accomplishment,” wrote Kellee Kemp, BA RT(R)(M) of the Bureau of Radiological Health. “Your mammography technologist, Linda Schilling, RT(R)(M) has kept excellent documentation throughout the year. We commend you for the effort and attention given to this service line.”

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 and chemistry, organizational skills and tech knowledge. We are pleased with our results and 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 two full-time registered mammography technologists dedicated to providing quality mammography care. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and screening mammograms are the most common way to detect early-stage breast cancer. Early detection is essential in the fight against breast cancer. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, please call 872-2260, Ext: 5237.