WRMC Earns ACR Accreditation for Breast Ultrasound

Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographers Amanda Carter and Jennifer Cole(Batesville, Ark.) —White River Medical Center (WRMC) in Batesville has, once again, been awarded accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR). WRMC received the three-year term of accreditation in breast ultrasound. WRMC was recognized earlier this year for stereotactic breast biopsy.

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. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the facility with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous quality improvement.

The WRMC breast ultrasound team received the recognition as a result of a recent review by the ACR. Members of the ultrasound team were required to submit paperwork and case studies to the ACR for the recognition.

“The recognitions by the ACR show high standards in the Radiology profession,” said WRMC Radiologist, Dr. Michelle Warden. “Our team works very hard to ensure that our patients are getting timely access to exceptional care in a community setting.”

Amanda Carter and Jennifer Cole are full-time Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographers who conduct ultrasounds at WRMC and helped make this recognition possible.

“This recognition brings us closer to our goal of accreditation as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence,” said Amanda Carter, who, through the process received her Breast Ultrasound certification. “We are very focused on doing what is best for our patients, and this recognition is validation that we are meeting the standards we have set for ourselves.”

Ultrasound imaging is a noninvasive medical test that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images that help physicians diagnose and better treat medical conditions. Ultrasound imaging of the breast produces a picture of the internal structures of the breast and is used to diagnose early stage breast cancer.

If diagnostic tests indicate further study, WRMC uses a multi-disciplinary approach to ensure patients receive the best treatment. Once a biopsy confirms a cancer diagnosis, WRMC’s Tumor Board will review the patient’s treatment plan. The Tumor Board is a multi-disciplinary physician team that uses technology and clinical best practices to determine the best course of treatment for patients.  The treatment may be surgical, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or a combination of treatments to provide the best outcome. 

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive healthcare services.

WRMC is a 235-bed regional referral center and the flagship facility of White River Health System (WRHS). WRHS is a not-for-profit healthcare system serving residents throughout North Central Arkansas.  The system includes hospitals, outpatient facilities, primary care and specialty physician office practices.  WRHS is a member of the Premier Alliance, the American Hospital Association, and the Arkansas Hospital Association and licensed by the Arkansas Department of Health.