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University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center earns reaccreditation of its stereotactic breast biopsy imaging services

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

American College of Radiology recognizes state-of-the-art procedure’s safety and high quality

GEAUGA COUNTY – The Breast Center at University Hospitals (UH) Geauga Medical Center recently received reaccreditation of its mass and calcification core-needle biopsy capabilities from the American College of Radiology (ACR). The state-of-the-art breast biopsy imaging technique was surveyed by the ACR’s Committee on Stereotactic Biopsy Accreditation of the Commission on Quality and Safety and awarded its official recognition for another three and a half years, through April 2017.

Accreditation review typically takes four to six months. “The ACR granted our reaccreditation in just one month,” says Maria Schmidt, BA, CNMT, Manager, Diagnostic Imaging, UH Geauga Medical Center. “Their quick turnaround is a very positive statement about the quality of our Breast Center’s imaging services.”

The hospital has been offering minimally invasive breast biopsies with ultrasound guidance to determine if masses are cancerous since the Breast Center opened in 2010. “The stereotactic technique enables us to perform biopsies on lesions that are only detectable in a digital mammogram,” says Lee Zeiszler, MD, Medical Director, Diagnostic Imaging and Assistant Director of the Breast Center, UH Geauga Medical Center. “It lets us see very small, subtle lesions, including microcalcifications that are only two millimeters in size.” </p> <p>Without the advanced core-needle capability, breast biopsies would require an invasive procedure. “Since most of these biopsies end up not being cancer, the stereotactic approach is a very desirable first choice,” says Dr. Zeiszler. “It saves our patients a lot of unnecessary surgery and the associated cost and stress.” </p> <p>The American College of Radiology’s decision to reaccredit was the result of an extensive review of the Breast Center’s stereotactic imaging samples, staff expertise and safety reports. “We furnished the ACR with a series of very specific images based on their criteria,” says Schmidt. “They also reviewed our exceptional infection rates as well as the certification and continuing education credits of our radiologist and mammographers. All of these dimensions have led our robust program to become a breast health Center of Excellence for University Hospitals and our patients.” </p> <p>The breast biopsy imaging capabilities are part of a complete range of accessible services offered by the fully accredited Breast Center, which include digital mammography, diagnostic breast ultrasound, preoperative image-guided needle localization, preventive planning and genetic counseling. To learn more about the Breast Center’s core-needle biopsy services or to schedule an imaging appointment, call UH Geauga Medical Center at 440-285-7757 or visit www.uhgeauga.org and click “Services.”

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