The American College of Radiology has certified the Mammography Imaging Service at Juan F. Luis Hospital, according to the hospital. In a news release issued Thursday, the hospital said it is fully accredited for screening, diagnostic and interventional use from May 17, 2016, through Aug. 16, 2019.
“I’m very proud of my team," said JFL chief radiologist, Dr. Angelo Galiber. "Milidan Zamora was the lead mammographer in this worthy effort. We multitasked and wore many hats as we went through this rigorous process. This accreditation demonstrates JFL’s commitment to providing the very best in patient care.”
The hospital’s mammography unit is a LORAD 2015 Selenia Dimensions, which MediMax installed in early September. It was provisionally endorsed by the ACR to permit its users to seek full accreditation.
The imaging team underwent an intensive process that started in October, according to the release. Staff members had to submit samples of their work for review by different mammography specialists. The Women’s Imaging section of the Radiology Department conducted 47 stereotactic breast biopsies, 22 ultrasound guided vacuum breast biopsies, and more than 30 breast core biopsies/aspirations since the new mammography unit was installed.
Worldwide, the ACR accredits more than 38,000 facilities in 10 imaging modalities, as mandated under the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act and the Mammography Quality Standards Act, according to the hospital’s news release.
The V.I. Government purchased the 2015 Selenia Dimensions machine with funds that were allocated through special legislation promoted by Sen. Nereida Rivera-O’Reilly.