Copiah County Medical Center (CCMC) officials announce the facility 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 and men.
The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. Copiah County Medical Center CEO Ben Lott says the accreditation supports the state-of-the-art medical facility’s commitment to providing exceptional health care services using a personalized approach to meet the healthcare needs of every individual.
“The ACR accreditation demonstrates our continued pledge to build the strongest medical community possible for those who seek medical care at Copiah County Medical Center,” said Lott. “Accreditation by the American College of Radiology inspires a high level of confidence and assures our patients receive the highest quality of care CCMC has to offer.”
The ACR gold seal 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.
CCMC performed over 1,200 mammograms in 2018: hospital officials say that number alone represents a high volume of mammograms for a community medical facility the size of CCMC.
“CCMC provides high quality, professional healthcare services, such as mammograms, right here in our own back yard,” said CCMC Radiology Director Chuck Busby, “so that our local community can stay close to home and receive the same high quality level of healthcare they would receive elsewhere.”
Seventy-five percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history or other factors that put them at risk, according to the ACR. Mammography screening beginning at age 40 has helped reduce breast cancer deaths by 35 percent since 1990. Still 40,000 U.S. women will die from the disease each year.
“Annual mammograms in women age 40 and over can result in the early detection of breast cancer and other breast diseases,” said Busby.