The Outer Banks Hospital’s Department of Radiology/Mammography has recently received accreditation by the American College of Radiology for their mammography program and the newly acquired digital mammography equipment. 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.”

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 fellowship-trained breast imaging specialists.

The Outer Banks Hospital offers state-of-the-art digital mammography. The images are clear and easy to read, and the digital system offers a better view of the breast, especially near the skin line, chest wall and in women with diverse breast tissue types. The digital image is ready to interpret within 10 seconds – there is no longer a wait for films to be developed to be sure the images are usable. Digital mammograms take as little as half the time of film.

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 healthcare 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.