(Torrington, CT) – Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) Mammography 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.
“Our mammography services provide lifesaving screenings which are a critical part of our health services for women in northwest Connecticut. We are very proud of our staff who pride themselves in the relationships they have developed with both patients and doctors. This honor affirms that commitment.” said Patty Sullivan-Polletta, Administrative Director, CHH Ancillary Services.
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.
CHH Mammography Services, such as breast cancer and mammogram screenings, are offered at three convenient locations. In Torrington, mammography test services are located adjacent to the CHH Center for Cancer Care on the ground level of the Hungerford Diagnostic Center.
The CHH Mammography Center offers full digital mammography and Stereotactic Breast Biopsy services by appointment in a natural environment designed for easy access and privacy for women.
Digital mammography is also offered in Winsted at the Winsted Health Center and at the OBGYN offices of Women’s Healthcare of New Milford.
For questions, contact the CHH Mammography Center at (860) 496-0826. For scheduling call (860) 496-6860. Eligible women may qualify for financial Assistance to receive annual Mammography test screenings from the CHH Pink Rose Fund. Contact (860) 496-6513.
Digital Mammography is similar to standard mammography, but converts the image of the breast into a digital picture that can then be viewed directly on a computer. Physicians can then view the mammogram test image on a computer monitor and are able to alter its size, brightness, and color of the image. Those who are likely to benefit the most from the new technology are pre-menopausal women ages 40 to 50 and those with dense breasts.
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.
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for information.