Hospital Praised for Breast Imaging

The American College of Radiology has designated Mount Auburn Hospital a “Breast Imaging Center of Excellence” for the second consecutive year.

The designation certifies that the hospital is accredited in both mandatory and voluntary modules for breast imaging, including mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast ultrasound.

According to the ACR, the hospital is one of only 526 hospitals nation-wide and 28 hospitals in Massachusetts to have received the designation as of Nov. 1.

In total, more than 5,800 hospitals were registered in the U.S. as of 2008, according to the American Association of Hospitals.

Now recognized as a “Breast Imaging Center of Excellence,” Mount Auburn Hospital is certified to offer a high standard of equipment and services that will enable it to better detect breast cancer and continue its goal of improving women’s health and the quality of afflicted women’s lives.


The process of breast imaging is crucial to detecting and treating breast cancer.

“With the onset of mammography screening, the death rate from advanced breast cancer that had been unchanged for the preceding 50 years has decreased by 30 percent since 1990. Moreover, early mammography screening means cancers can be caught sooner, often allowing women to choose less invasive treatments that help to preserve the quality of women’s lives as well,” according to the ACR website.

The press release issued by Mount Auburn Hospital reiterated the institution’s strengths and services in breast imaging that combat breast cancer.

“As a ‘Breast Imaging Center of Excellence,’ the Women’s Imaging Center has proved its high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs,” read the press release, which was issued after ACR notified the hospital of its designation.

Jeanette Clough, who serves as Mount Auburn Hospital’s president and CEO, said in the press release that the distinction was “a great honor.”

“We are thrilled to be recognized for our dedication and commitment to the early detection of breast cancer,” she added.


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