October 2, 2012
KCH Imaging Earns Coveted Breast Imaging Center of Excellence Designation

"Last week we learned that our Kane Community Hospital Breast Imaging Center has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE)," announced J. Gary Rhodes, Chief Executive Officer of KCH and Vice President of UPMC Hamot.   "Jamil Sarfraz, MD, Director of Radiology at KCH, was informed last week from the American College of Radiology’s (ACR) Commission on Quality and Safety and the Commission on Breast Imaging that KCH's Breast Imaging had earned the designation."

Janet Brunner, Senior Leader of Diagnostic Imaging and Business Development at KCH noted that "this designation is awarded only if a center has achieved accreditation by the ACR in stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, and by the ACR or an FDA-approved state accrediting body in mammography.  The Breast Imaging Center of Excellence certificate signifies that the KCH Breast Center fulfills these requirements." 

The ACR designation means that the KCH Center provides these essential services to its communities at the highest standards of the radiology profession.  The designation remains effective as long as all breast imaging facilities remain accredited in all required breast imaging services provided.

"A few weeks prior to the BICOE designation, the ACR notified KCH that Kane Community Hospital Diagnostic Imaging had been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in stereotactic breast biopsy as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology, making KCH the first and only steretoactic breast biopsy program in the region," Brunner noted.   

A breast biopsy is performed to remove cells — either surgically or through a less invasive procedure involving a hollow needle — from an area in the breast suspected to be cancerous. These cells are examined under a microscope to determine a diagnosis. In stereotactic breast biopsy, a special mammography machine helps guide the radiologist’s instruments to the site of an abnormal growth.

"Shortly after learning of the ACR stereotactic breast biopsy program accreditation," said Brunner, "we learned we had received ACR accreditation for our ultrasonography program for the breast center, completing the Center's accreditation process.  KCH mammography program is currently ACR accredited." 

"The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety," Brunner added quoting from the ACR letter.  "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 practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

For years KCH has had an aggressive breast cancer detection program.  The best detection for Breast Cancer remains early detection and the KCH program is perfectly suited to find beast cancer at its earliest stages.  Care is also taken to follow up, often at the time of the original mammogram, when the results of the digital mammogram are inconclusive to a skilled eye. 

"Dr. Sarfraz has a special interest in breast health and is American board certified not only in diagnostic radiology, but also in nuclear medicine and internal medicine.  His expertise in the early diagnosis of breast cancer is well known and sought after in the region," Brunner noted.

At KCH, the immediate follow-up on dense breast tissue is with ultrasound.  This aids in the accuracy of the diagnosis.  It's a follow-up that women have come to expect at KCH and one every woman deserves.  Breast Ultrasound and MRI are modalities that greatly decrease the chance of false-negative mammograms, particularly in women with fibrocystic changes of dense breast tissue.  This is the preferred protocol for the KCH program.

"From CEO Gary Rhodes and Dr. Sarfraz who lead our hospital and our state-of-the-art Imaging Center to our techs and support staff, I'm very proud of the entire Breast Health Center team at KCH.  Everyone worked very hard to achieve this milestone of service for our patients," Brunner concluded.


KCH Imaging Earns Coveted Breast Imaging Center of Excellence Designation

KCH Breast Health Center of Excellence Team from l-r:  Sandy Newton, Imaging Transcriptionist; Janet Brunner, Senior Leader of Diagnostic Imaging and KCH Business Development; Dianne Mansell, Imaging Receptionist; J. Gary Rhodes, VP UPMC Hamot and CEO of KCH holding accreditation; Ann Anderson RT (R)(M)(CT); Lead Tech Julie Laughner RT(R)(M)(BD)(CT); Brittany McElhattan, RDMS (AB)(BR)(RVT); Chief of Radiology Jamil Sarfraz, MD; Ronda Feronti RT (R)(M)(CT).