Low Moor, VA, November 2013 – Women who get their mammograms at LewisGale Hospital Alleghany can trust the care they receive meets or exceeds national standards for quality and patient safety. The hospital was recently awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

The ACR gold seal of accreditation is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed.

“This accreditation is a reflection of our commitment to provide each patient with the highest level of care possible,” said Connie Salyards, R.T.-R, Director of Imaging. “I credit our dedicated technologists and expert radiologists for helping us to earn this distinction.”

The hospital’s Breast Imaging Center also received a perfect score during its annual facility inspection under the Mammography Quality Standards Act.

Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.

The Breast Imaging Center is located on the third floor of the hospital in the Women’s Center. Mammography technologists include Kathy Anderson, Cindy Keen, Kathy Lee and Dianne Loving. Mary E. Zelenik, M.D., serves as the supervising radiologist. Bruce Banning, M.D., is the interpreting radiologist.

To schedule a mammogram, call 540-862-6879.