Imaging Center Achieves Accreditation

PITTSFIELD — The Women’s Imaging Center at Berkshire Medical Center has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology’s (ACR) Commission on Quality and Safety and Commission on Breast Imaging. The designation is awarded only to breast-imaging centers that have achieved accreditation by the ACR in stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound, ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, and mammography.

“The staff of the Women’s Imaging Center at BMC provides our community with the highest-quality care available,” said Helen Downey, chief operating officer of BMC. “This designation of Breast Imaging Center of Excellence aptly describes the kind of service they provide to their patients, and achieving this level of national accreditation reflects the commitment each member of the staff has for reaching for nothing short of excellence.”

The Women’s Imaging Center at BMC combines imaging and diagnostic services for women who may be facing breast cancer or Osteoporosis under one roof. The Center provides mammography, stereotactic biopsy, bone-density testing, and ultrasound in a warm and comfortable environment. The Women’s Imaging Center at BMC is also the only provider in the region to offer breast MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), a state-of-the-art technology utilizing a special breast coil designed to aid in the diagnosis of breast cancer. With this technology, BMC provides a level of diagnostic care for breast cancer patients on par with prestigious centers like Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

The American College of Radiology recognizes breast-imaging centers that achieve excellence by seeking and earning accreditation in all of the ACR’s voluntary breast-imaging accreditation programs, in addition to its mandatory Mammography Accreditation Program. The designation of Breast Imaging Center of Excellence recognizes centers like the Women’s Imaging Center at BMC for their dedication to improving women’s health by participating in these rigorous quality assurance programs.