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Release Date: 9/26/2012

Breast Center achieves perfect score on state inspection

St. Anthony’s Medical Center’s Breast Center received a perfect score on its annual state inspection, conducted in accordance with the federal Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA).

This certification means St. Anthony’s delivers the highest quality mammography care to patients, from imaging to reporting, said Judi Elston, Breast Center manager.

“It’s not uncommon for us to get a perfect score,” Elston said. “It means we go above and beyond in terms of ensuring each patient receives the best exam possible at the time of her visit. A woman typically sees us only once a year, so we want to make sure she receives the best mammogram possible.”

The inspection, performed by the state Department of Health and Human Services, includes a review of the department’s quality control records including daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly equipment and processing tests to ensure compliance with MQSA standards. The regulations also require staff and physicians to comply with specific continuing education standards and procedure volumes to maintain knowledge and skills related to mammography.

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