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Cancer Centre’s mammography services are re-accredited

Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre's volunteers and staff, after the charity's mammography services were accredited through a Canadian programme. (Photograph supplied)

A decision by the American college of Radiology to stop certifying mammography services outside the US did not faze the Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre.

It just headed north to Canada and won accreditation from the Canadian Association of Radiologists’ Mammography Accreditation Programme.

A spokeswoman for the Cancer Centre said CAR-MAP ensures that facilities’ mammogram imaging meets the highest standards and provides the Centre with peer review and evaluation of staff qualifications, equipment performance, quality control and quality assurance programmes and dose and imaging quality control.

Paul Risk, radiologist and breast specialist at the charity’s diagnostic imaging department, said: “We can assure our patients receiving mammography that our services meet strict international standards.

“We are committed to maintaining this level of excellence on an ongoing basis, so when the American College of Radiology advised they were no longer accrediting facilities outside the USA, we were able to quickly pivot to using the CAR-MAP.”

The Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre was first accredited through this programme in 1999, but used the one offered by the American College of Radiology from 2007. When the ACR recently stopped certifying facilities outside of the US, the Centre went back to the CAR-MAP.

Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre became the first organisation on the island to offer digital mammograms in 2008 and introduced 3D imaging in 2017.

The Centre has two mammography machines used for screening and diagnoses. If diagnoses are found from the tests, breast ultrasounds and biopsies can be scheduled within days. Dr Risk will offer medical advice to symptomatic patients.

A spokeswoman for the Centre said: “Mammography remains the gold standard screening technique and offers an effective means to detect breast cancer early.

“It is non-invasive, relatively inexpensive, and currently, in Bermuda, it is recommended that women at average risk begin having mammograms at age 40.”

To make an appointment at the Centre, call 236-1001.

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Published December 07, 2022 at 7:49 am (Updated December 07, 2022 at 7:49 am)

Cancer Centre’s mammography services are re-accredited

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