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Saint Alphonsus recognized for its imaging center

Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical has received recognition for its imaging center.

Following a survey by the American College of Radiology, the ultrasound department and Breast Care Center was cited as the highest, most accredited ultrasound facilities in the state of Idaho. Achieving an unsurpassed 98 percent overall score demonstrates that Saint Alphonsus is meeting the highest standards of the radiology profession, according to a statement from the hospital.

Kelly Dwello, director of Therapeutic and Diagnostics Services, said the accreditation reflects the quality of every aspect of our program.

“It also recognizes the highly qualified personnel who perform and interpret images,” Dwello said in a release. “Plus, this is a testament that our equipment has been designated as meeting or exceeding all quality assurance and safety guidelines.”

According to the ACR, the review process shows how Saint Alphonsus has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs. This was determined by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.

The ACR has also designated the Saint Alphonsus Breast Care Center as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. A center of excellence designation is awarded to breast imaging centers that have demonstrated excellence in breast imaging by achieving accreditation in mammography, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided biopsy, fine needle aspiration cytology and stereotactic breast biopsy.

Dr. Howard Schaff, Medical Director of the Breast Care Center, said the hospital has a highly qualified team of radiologists, technologists and support staff dedicated to providing patients with highly specialized imaging services and advice in a comfortable setting designed around the needs of the patients.

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