(February 9, 2010) -Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC)
has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in stereotactic
breast biopsy by the American College of Radiology. The
accreditation means that MUMC meets high performance standards.
Stereotactic biopsy finds the exact location of a breast lump or
suspicious area by using a computer and mammogram results to create
a three-dimensional picture of the breast. Using the picture as a
guide, physicians remove a very precise sample of the tissue for
further testing. The procedure is much less invasive than surgical
biopsy, can be completed in less than an hour, and leaves very
To earn the accreditation, MUMC had to undergo a rigorous peer
review and evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical
physicists. They evaluated the qualifications of the team
performing stereotactic biopsies at MUMC and fully analyzed the
equipment before recommending accreditation.
The ACR is a national organization serving more than 32,000
diagnostic and interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists,
and nuclear medicine and medical physicists with programs focusing
on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the
delivery of comprehensive healthcare services.
Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare
organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and
southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital,
a 530-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary
and specialty care physician networks; a major medical
education program; business and
industry services; and NurseOne,
a 24-hour call center.