WRMC Named Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

WRMC Breast Imaging Staff

(Batesville, ARK)—With Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, it was a great time for White River Medical Center (WRMC) to receive the news that it has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

WRMC is one of four facilities in Arkansas with the designation by the ACR.

Facilities designated as a Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence have earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast ultrasound (including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy). WRMC became accredited in mammography in 1994, and ACR accredited in stereotactic breast biopsy and breast ultrasound this year. 

Team members of Radiology went through the ACR review process voluntarily in order to achieve the accreditations, and, ultimately, earn the designation as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. This includes earning individual staff certifications and submitting flawless case studies. 

Peer-review evaluations conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field determined that WRMC maintains high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs.

“Being a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence gives patients peace of mind in knowing that their care is in the hands of well-qualified, talented staff,” said Judy Hance, Director of Radiology. “It also shows that our facility is equipped to care for patients by standards set on a national level.”

WRMC uses state-of-the-art technology to accurately target suspicious lumps or masses in the breast that could potentially be breast cancer. This technology includes digital mammography, breast ultrasound, breast ultrasound biopsy, and stereotactic breast biopsy. The qualified breast care team consists of Board-Certified Radiologists, mammographers, and sonographers.

If diagnosis is confirmed, physicians meet one-on-one with the patient to discuss treatment options. For more complex cases, a team of multi-disciplinary physicians, known as The Tumor Board, uses technology and clinical best practices to determine the best course of treatment for patients. WRMC offers many treatment options for patients, including surgical, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or a combination of treatments to provide the best outcome. 

The American Cancer Society recommends women age 40 and over get a mammogram every year, along with a breast exam by a doctor or nurse. Women under 40 should receive clinical breast exams every three years, and breast self exams are always encouraged. All women, regardless of age, need to let their doctor know about any suspicious lumps or abnormalities.

Thanks to a grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Arkansas, WRHS is able to assist women who qualify with getting mammograms at no cost. Call Dana Thomas at (870) 262-1035 for more information.

WRMCs Radiology Department is located inside the Josephine Raye Rogers Center for Women and Imaging. In addition to breast care, WRMC also has imaging services available to diagnose a large array of illnesses or injuries.