The Outer Banks Hospital’s Department of Radiology/Mammography was recently re- accredited by the American College of Radiology. ACR accreditation provides a high level of confidence for patients and referring physicians that only the highest quality care is being provided by the accredited facility. “We are exceptionally proud of our radiology department,” said Van Smith, hospital president. “Our ultrasound, CT Scan and mammography are all ACR accredited.” The Outer Banks Hospital is the only facility in northeastern North Carolina whose radiology department is accredited in all three areas.

Each year, more than 211,000 American women learn they have breast cancer. However, thanks to advances in treatment and early detection, breast cancer death rates are falling. The goal of screening exams, such as mammograms, is to find cancers before they start to cause symptoms. As part of the Eastern Radiologist’s and ECU/Brody School of Medicine breast imaging network, OBH’s mammography is interpreted by the only fellowship-trained breast imaging specialized radiologists in Eastern North Carolina, according to Lysle K. Ailstock, MD, Medical Director of the hospital’s imaging department.

Finding a breast cancer as early as possible improves the likelihood that treatment will be successful. Most doctors feel that early detection tests for breast cancer save many thousands of lives each year, and that many more lives could be saved if even more women and their health care providers took advantage of these tests. The American Cancer Society recommends that for early breast cancer detection women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health.