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New York Methodist Hospital Designated a "Center of Excellence" in Breast Imaging by the American College of Radiology
March 28, 2012 (BROOKLYN, NY) - New York Methodist Hospital has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR), making it one of only two hospitals in Brooklyn to receive this prestigious honor. ACR Center of Excellence accreditation is considered the gold seal for imaging procedures, and confirms that women receiving their mammograms and breast sonograms at NYM's Department of Radiology are being treated with the highest level of care.
An ACR Center of Excellence designation is determined through a peer-review evaluating the women's imaging center. Safety and radiation dosage are also assessed.
"A mammogram can be a sensitive test for a woman," said Steven Garner, M.D., chairman of radiology at NYM. "Women who receive mammograms at New York Methodist Hospital can trust that they will work with a compassionate medical staff using the most advanced breast-imaging technology available."
Mammograms are recommended annually for women ages 40 and over to test for breast cancer. Younger women with a family history of breast cancer may also need to be screened annually. In order to limit exposure to radiation, sonograms of the breast are the preferred breast cancer testing method for women under 40, as the sound waves created by the technology allow a radiologist to see the tissue inside the breast.
"Clear images, skilled staff and advanced equipment, like we have here at New York Methodist, mean that patients can be confident in the results of a breast imaging exam," said Dr. Garner. "Women should not have to take chances when it comes to their health and well being. The ACR Center of Excellence accreditation means that women can feel confident that the NYM Department of Radiology provides the highest quality breast imaging services available."
To schedule an appointment for a breast imaging exam at New York Methodist Hospital, patients can call 718.780.5870.
New York Methodist Hospital (NYM), a voluntary, acute-care teaching facility located in Brooklyn's Park Slope, houses 651 inpatient beds (including bassinets) and provides services to about 42,000 inpatients each year. In addition, approximately 500,000 outpatient visits and services are logged annually. The Hospital, founded in 1881, has undergone extensive renovation and modernization over the years. NYM has Institutes in the following areas: Advanced and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Advanced Otolaryngology, Asthma and Lung Disease, Cancer Care, Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, Diabetes and Other Endocrine Disorders, Digestive and Liver Disorders, Healthy Aging, Neurosciences, Orthopedic Medicine and Surgery, Vascular Medicine and Surgery and Women's Health. New York Methodist Hospital is affiliated with the Weill Cornell Medical College and is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System.