Corvallis MRI now an accredited center for breast imaging

Dec 4,2012
Corvallis MRI has earned a three-year term of accreditation in breast magnetic resonance imaging by the American College of Radiology. MRI of the breast offers valuable information about many breast conditions that may not be obtained by other imaging modalities.

The accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting stringent practice guidelines and technical standards, following a vigorous review process conducted by board-certified physician and medical physicist experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality controls are assessed.

“This guarantees the patient that her exam will be of the highest possible quality,” said Bart Pierce, lead MRI technologist. “We are extremely proud of this accomplishment.”

Corvallis MRI features the area’s only 3T (tesla) MRI, with twice the magnetic field as the 1.5T MRI machines currently in use as the standard in most clinical settings. This life-saving tool is used to make informed diagnosis, treatment and surgery decisions, with expanded diagnostic imaging capabilities in the fields of breast imaging, neurology, cardiology, orthopedics and more.

This accreditation complements the American College of Radiology accreditation in breast MRI recently earned by the inpatient 1.5T MRI at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, and the American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Center of Excellence designation held by Samaritan Corvallis Mammography. This designation reflects the highest quality and safety standards, and is underscored by the recent renewals of the American College of Radiology accreditation for both breast ultrasound and breast ultrasound biopsy at Samaritan Corvallis Mammography.

“What all of this means for patients is that they can be assured that we take breast health and the detection and treatment of breast cancers very seriously, and we work hard to ensure the absolute best care possible,” said Chris Clark, the hospital’s director of imaging. “I am proud of the team of caregivers that make this level of care, and these accreditations, possible.”

For the convenience of patients, Samaritan Corvallis Mammography, Corvallis MRI, breast ultrasound and breast biopsy services are now all located on the same floor of the Charles S. Neville Building at 3615 NW Samaritan Drive, just across the street from the hospital.

“I am excited for people to see the new space,” Clark said. “Having everything in one place will make visits less stressful for patients, and the space is designed to be soothing and healing.”

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