Newport News, VA — Riverside Diagnostic Center in Oyster Point has successfully passed the American College of Radiology (ACR) Accreditation for Breast MRI. In doing so, the group is only one of two facilities on the Peninsula that has achieved this important accreditation.

Riverside Diagnostic Center Oyster Point has been designated a Breast Center of Excellence award recipient since 2007, but this is the first time the Center has applied for and successfully passed the ACR Breast MRI Accreditation process. The Breast MRI is the newest of ACR accreditation programs, having only launched in May 2010.

"An ACR Accreditation demonstrates to our patients that we offer the highest levels of image quality and safety," says Susie Boestfleisch, Imaging Supervisor CT/MRI at Riverside Diagnostic Center. "It also means that our facility meets the accreditation requirements of equipment, continuing education, personnel, and nationally accepted standards of care. Our facility and personnel have gone through a comprehensive review process to earn this accreditation status."

A breast MRI provides detailed images of breast anatomy, blood flow through the breast and diagnosis of unknown abnormalities after a breast cancer diagnosis has been determined. It is the most sensitive method for detection of subtle abnormalities and is the best screening tool for patients with a high risk of breast cancer. A breast MRI is also important in providing detailed information when a breast implant ruptures or leakage is suspected.

The ACR accreditation program was developed by radiologists to focus on quality and safe imaging, peer-reviewed assessment of clinical and phantom images, and continuous practice improvement with key performance metrics. It was created to ensure that patients who have a suspicious finding under breast MRI are able to get a biopsy based on the results of the examination that discovers the finding. Early detection of abnormalities that may lead to breast cancer greatly improves the changes that the cancer can be diagnosed and successfully treated.

Published: February 22, 2012