As important as mammograms are, they are only worthwhile if the equipment is properly maintained and the personnel properly trained. The mammography department of Barnesville Hospital received complete compliance status and renewal of certification by the FDA through its MQSA (Mammography Quality Standards Act) inspection. The primary objective of the MQSA is to ensure that mammography is safe and reliable and that breast cancer is detected in its most treatable stages.
The accreditation sets high practice standards for qualifications of personnel, adequacy of technology & equipment, and the technical quality of the actual mammography images produced. For example, physicians who interpret mammograms must be board certified or have three months training in mammography, technologists must keep their skills current by doing an average of 200 mammograms every two years, and medical physicists must ensure quality of mammography equipment and facilities. Under the guidance of Director of Diagnostic Imaging, Dr. Carter Kenamond, Imaging Operations Manager, Karen Mihalic, RT R.M., and Tiffany Hart-Gatten, Mammography Quality Coordinator, a team of four registered mammography technologists perform over 1,000 mammograms annually at Barnesville Hospital.
In addition to setting standards for personnel and equipment, the MQSA requires the facility to retain and transfer mammograms to a patient=s physician. This is important because it aids diagnosis by allowing doctors to compare old mammograms with new ones.
The Diagnostic Imaging Department at Barnesville Hospital has been providing mammography services to the community for over 20 years, while following standards of both the American College of Radiology and the federal regulations of the Mammography Quality Standards Act which are surveyed by the Ohio Department of Health.
Interpretation of all mammograms is done by Radiology Associates, a 13-person group of board certified radiologists with subspecialty training in Womens Imaging. Radiology Associates Inc. provides diagnostic and radiology services at Barnesville Hospital, Wheeling Hospital, Belmont Community Hospital, Wetzel County Hospital, Reynolds Memorial Hospital and Weirton Medical Center.
The digital mammography unit at Barnesville Hospital represents state-of-the-art technology which is utilized in the early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer. Barnesville Hospital also offers diagnostic breast ultrasound as well as some breast interventional procedures which are essential for the accurate diagnosis of breast cancer. For information about Barnesville Hospital’s Womens Imaging Services, call (740) 425-5114. To schedule an appointment, contact Central Scheduling at (740) 425-5123.