MUMC Awarded Accreditation in Stereotactic Breast Biopsy

(February 9, 2010) -Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in stereotactic breast biopsy by the American College of Radiology. The accreditation means that MUMC meets high performance standards.

Stereotactic biopsy finds the exact location of a breast lump or suspicious area by using a computer and mammogram results to create a three-dimensional picture of the breast. Using the picture as a guide, physicians remove a very precise sample of the tissue for further testing. The procedure is much less invasive than surgical biopsy, can be completed in less than an hour, and leaves very little scarring.

To earn the accreditation, MUMC had to undergo a rigorous peer review and evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists. They evaluated the qualifications of the team performing stereotactic biopsies at MUMC and fully analyzed the equipment before recommending accreditation.

The ACR is a national organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic and interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, and nuclear medicine and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive healthcare services.

Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital, a 530-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center.