Barnesville Hospital Mammography Department Surpasses MQSA Inspection Guidelines

Barnesville Hospital Mammography Department recently passed the Mammography Quality Standard Act (MQSA) inspection with 100% compliance, and not one issue or concern was noted on the inspection. The MQSA requires mammography facilities across the nation to meet uniform quality standards.

The MQSA assures high-quality mammography for early breast cancer detection, which can lead to early treatment, a range of treatment options, and increased chances of survival. Under the law, all mammography facilities must: 1) be accredited by an FDA-approved accreditation body, 2) be certified by FDA, or its State, as meeting the standards, 3) undergo an annual MQSA inspection, and 4) prominently display the certificate issued by the agency.

“It is impressive to have no findings. I attribute our excellent survey results to our qualified and caring technologists and radiologists that meet all of the standards and requirements,” said Karen Mihalic, Imaging Operations Manager, PACS Administrator, Barnesville Hospital. “They routinely go the extra mile to provide our patients with outstanding care.”

Certification means that a mammography facility has been MQSA certified and is capable of providing quality mammography. Congress passed the Mammography Quality Standards Act to ensure that mammography performed at the approximately 10,000 facilities in this country is safe and reliable. The law was passed to assure high quality mammography for early breast cancer detection, which can lead to early treatment and increased chances of survival. Under the law, mammography facilities must be MQSA certified as meeting quality standards. Women should look for the MQSA certificate displayed in each mammography facility indicating that it can lawfully perform mammography.

Barnesville Hospital recommends all women should begin having yearly mammograms at age 45, and can change to having mammograms every other year beginning at age 55. However, it is important to consult with your physician because if you have certain risk factors you may need to receive your first mammogram earlier. Mammograms can save lives, so talk to your physician today about scheduling your next mammogram. For questions please call Barnesville Hospital Diagnostic Imaging Department at 740-425-5114.

Photo (l-r) Nichole Carpenter, Tiffany Gatten, and Donna Hearn, Barnesville Hospital Mammography Technologists