For Immediate Release:
Contact: Kevin Ryan
Director, Public and External Affairs
Phone: (631) 862-3616
Date: April 6, 2011
Smithtown, NY- St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center earned the American College of Radiology’s (ACR) gold standard of quality certification in magnetic resonance imaging of the breast, making it the first Long Island hospital to do so. The certification is achieved through a rigorous evaluation conducted by board certified physicians and medical physicists of staff and equipment.
The accredited breast MRI diagnostics are part of St. Catherine of Siena’s new Women’s Health and Outpatient Diagnostic Pavilion on the medical center’s Smithtown campus. The pavilion offers women a variety of advanced diagnostic and surgical techniques, such as breast MRI and breast MRI biopsy, breast ultrasound, fine needle aspiration, digital mammography, needle localization, stereotactic core breast biopsy, sentinel lymph node biopsy, ultrasound-guided cyst aspiration and ultrasound-guided needle biopsy, all in one convenient location with a free, dedicated parking lot and a private entrance.
Director of Breast Imaging Anne Green, MD explained, “Early detection of breast cancer leads to early treatment and improved survival. MRI is a powerful tool that the radiologist can use in the fight against breast cancer. It is not intended to replace mammography or ultrasound, but to be used as an adjunctive tool.”
In order to remain a top health care facility in New York, St. Catherine of Siena stays at the forefront of new technology. “MRI of the breast has rapidly evolved,” said Dr. Green. “The ACR has acknowledged its key role and provided guidelines and indications for appropriate use and now offers ACR accreditation for breast MRI. ACR accreditation is important, because it sets quality standards for breast MRI by evaluating the qualifications of personnel, equipment performance, quality control and image resolution.”
Other accreditations which St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center holds from the American College of Radiology include magnetic resonance imaging, breast ultrasound, vascular ultrasound, obstetrical ultrasound, computed tomography, nuclear medicine, planar imaging and nuclear cardiology.
St. Catherine of Siena has also been designated an ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.
For more information on St. Catherine of Siena of Siena Medical Center breast services, please call 631-870-3444.
Photo Caption: (Left to right) Barbara Hennings, RN, Meiling Alsen, RN, Breast Health Navigator, Anne Green, MD, Director of Breast Imaging, Bert Heyligers, MD, Medical Director of Radiology for SCSMC, Dominick Pernice, Administrative Director for Imaging Services, Marc Kantor, MRI Technologist, Dennis Verzi, Chief Administrative Officer and Executive Vice President,
Dave Cook, MRI/CT Supervisor, Patrick M. O’Shaughnessy, DO., Chief Medical Officer
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For more than 10 years, St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center has been a trusted health care resource. St. Catherine’s is located on 110 acres on the north shore of Long Island in Smithtown. The campus is comprised of a 558-bed, not-for-profit hospital (including 240 nursing home beds), a
298-unit senior housing facility and a medical office building. St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island.
St. Catherine of Siena provides approximately $10 million in community outreach and charity care each year. The Medical Center’s community activities include a variety of lectures, screenings, health fairs, blood drives and other programs.