October 24, 2017
Low Moor, VA (October 24, 2017) - The LewisGale Hospital Alleghany Mammography Department passed their annual Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) reaccreditation survey without any recommendations. A perfect accreditation score is a result of achieving 100% compliance with all Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements for mammography services.
To perform mammography, the department must pass a federal assessment that reviews the facility’s compliance in six major areas: equipment performance; technologist quality assurance and quality control; evaluations by board-certified physicians and medical physicists; personnel qualifications; medical records and outcome analysis. A perfect accreditation score requires exceptional teamwork, good communication, excellent documentation and outstanding dedication to the highest quality patient care. It also assures patients and referring physicians that quality mammography is performed on reliable equipment by skilled, compassionate and certified mammography technologists. LewisGale Hospital Alleghany Breast Center’s inspection results and top rating reflect that commitment.
MQSA became law on October 27, 1992. Congress enacted MQSA to ensure that all women have access to quality mammography for the detection of breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages. The Act requires mammography facilities across the nation meet uniform quality standards. To do this, all mammography facilities must
- Be accredited by an FDA-approved accreditation body,
- Be certified by FDA, or its State, as meeting the standards,
- Undergo an annual MQSA inspection, and
- Prominently display the certificate issued by the agency.
Currently the only nationally approved accreditation body is the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR is a national organization serving more than 32,000 radiologists, radiation oncologists and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health services.