The American College of Radiology (ACR) recently has awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography to Scotland County Hospital. Pictured are Scotland County Hospital Mammography Techs Jenny Mallett and Deanna Rowland.

Scotland County Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose X-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women. The Hospital has two registered mammography technologists: Jenny Mallett and Deanna Rowland. Jenny has been a mammography technologist for 16 years and Deanna for 9 years. Jenny & Deanna received advanced mammography training when the Hospital transitioned to digital mammography in 2013. Both of these technologists, along with the Imaging Department Supervisor, Angela Hawes, committed a great deal of time to the accreditation process and are to be commended for their success.

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 Parameters 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 practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement. 

The ACR, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. The College serves more than 37,000 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 health care services.

Mammography services are offered every weekday at Scotland County Hospital and there are some evening appointments available each week. For an appointment, please call 660-465-8511.

If you are unable to obtain a breast cancer screening due to financial concerns, we encourage you to contact Lacie Snyder, RN, in Dr. Tobler’s office to learn more about the Show-Me Healthy Woman Initiative at 660-465-2828. This program is available for woman ages 35-64 who meet guidelines of uninsured or underinsured.