Mammography

Rebekka Thornton, PCMH Radiology director, was encouraged by the results. Courtesy photo

LOUISIANA – Pike County Memorial Hospital’s mammography program passed its annual inspection last week, received no recommendations for improvement, and has been recertified.

The Mammography Quality Standards Act assures high-quality mammography for early breast cancer detection, which can lead to early treatment, a range of treatment options, and increased chances of survival.

Under the law, all mammography facilities must be accredited by an FDA-approved accreditation body, be certified by FDA, or its State, as meeting the standards, undergo an annual MQSA inspection and prominently display the certificate issued by the agency.



“It is impressive to have no findings. I attribute our excellent survey results to our qualified and caring technologists and radiologists that meet all of the standards and requirements,” said Rebekka Thornton, Radiology Director of PCMH. “They routinely go the extra mile to provide our patients with outstanding care.” 



Certification means that a mammography facility has been MQSA certified and is capable of providing quality mammography. Congress passed the Mammography Quality Standards Act to ensure that mammography performed at the approximately 10,000 facilities in this country is safe and reliable. The law was passed to assure high-quality mammography for early breast cancer detection, which can lead to early treatment and increased chances of survival. Under the law, mammography facilities must be MQSA certified as meeting quality standards. Women should look for the MQSA certificate displayed in each mammography facility indicating that it can lawfully perform mammography.

PCMH  recommends all women should begin yearly mammograms at 45, with the option of shifting down to mammograms every other year beginning at 55. However, it is important to consult with a physician: if a patient has certain risk factors they may need to receive their first mammogram earlier. Mammograms can save lives, so talk to a physician today about scheduling a mammogram. For questions, please call PCMH Radiology  Department at 573-754-5531.

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