GREENFIELD — The American College of Radiology (ACR) recently accredited the mammography program at Franklin Medical Center for three more years of service. The program is also accredited annually by the FDA and state inspection boards.
Though the ACR accreditation is optional, according to lead Mammography Technician, Mary Jane Jarvis, it provides FMC with additional equipment standards and guidelines for daily operation. The mammography program underwent strict inspection by the ACR to gain its accreditation, periodically sending the college testing slides to ensure that Franklin Medical Center’s equipment functions properly. In addition to testing the equipment by completing “phantom” or trial slides weekly, Jarvis said she tests the processor every morning to make sure it is working as it should.
During the accreditation process, an ACR instructor provided an on-site continuing education program for staff, sharing the most recent advances in mammography care. “You can always learn something new,” said Jarvis. “There’s always a little tidbit to make a test even better. And the instructor said she was very pleased with the quality of our care.”