NORWAY – Stephens Memorial Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology.

Stephens Memorial Hospital was also awarded a three-year term of accreditation in stereotactic breast biopsy. A breast biopsy is performed to remove cells — either surgically or through a less invasive procedure involving a hollow needle — from an area in the breast suspected to be cancerous. These cells are examined under a microscope to determine a diagnosis. In stereotactic breast biopsy, a special mammography machine helps guide the radiologist’s instruments to the site of an abnormal growth.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.


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