18 Oct 2017

BREAST MRI ACCREDITATION

ACR BREAST MRI ACCREDITATION

Parklane Radiology is the first facility in South Africa to obtain ACR(American College of Radiology) accreditation for Breast MRI.

Parklane Radiology has worked hard to develop a top level breast MRI program. Breast MRI is the most accurate imaging test available to detect breast cancer and is used to screen high risk patients, evaluate extent of cancer, identify recurrent cancer and solve dilemnas presented by conventional imaging (mammograms and ultrasounds)

Most breast MRIs are ordered following discussion between the radiologist and breast surgeon or oncologist. It plays a particularly important role in assessing cancer extent and presence of multiple cancers. The knowledge gained from this scan helps the surgeons and oncologists plan the most appropriate treatment for breast cancer patients.

Any facility performing breast MRIs must be capable of doing MRI guided biopsies - if a small cancer is only visible on MRI, then it can only be sampled (biopsied) by using MRI to localise the tumour.

At Parklane we have accumulated considerable experience both in interpreting breast MRI scans and performing MRI guided biopsies.

High risk patients (strong family history and/or BRCA mutation carriers should have annual MRIs from age 25 - 30.

 

Official ACR letter:

 

For Immediate Release

 

Parklane Radiology Earns ACR Accreditation

 

Johannesburg — Parklane Radiology has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). MRI of the breast offers valuable information about many breast conditions that may not be obtained by other imaging modalities, such as mammography or ultrasound.

 

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters 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. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.

 

The ACR, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. The College serves more than 37,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

 

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About Parklane Radiology

 

Parklane Radiology was established in January 2012. The Women’s Imaging Department originated at Bagleyston Clinic with Dr Harry Said, one of the mammography leaders in Johannesburg for over two decades. Dr Peter Schoub joined Dr Said in 2010 and the original practice moved across to the Parklane premises two years later.

The department offers a comprehensive breast imaging service including tomosynthesis mammography, ultrasound, breast biopsy and MRI.

Our team works closely with the multidisciplinary breast cancer team based at the Milpark Hospital under the leadership of Professor Carol-Ann Benn. (NAPBC accredited)

In addition to conventional mammographic and ultrasound imaging, we have focused on developing a specialized Breast MRI and MRI guided biopsy facility.

The breast radiology team at Parklane Radiology is made up of Dr Peter Schoub, Dr Leora Sweidan and Dr Sandy Wise