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Wilmot Cancer Center Named Center of Excellence for Breast Imaging

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Comprehensive Breast Care Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center’s James P. Wilmot Cancer Center has been named a Center of Excellence for Breast Imaging by the American College of Radiology. This prestigious three-year accreditation is the pinnacle of recognition from the ACR, as the center already holds designation for its breast ultrasound, mammography and stereotactic breast biopsy services.

“This is an important recognition for the excellence of the services and care we provide to the members of our community who have concerns about their breasts,” said Kristin Skinner, M.D., director of the Comprehensive Breast Care Center (CBCC) and chief of surgical oncology for the Wilmot Cancer Center

The accreditation follows peer-review evaluations conducted in each breast imaging modality by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. The rigorous review determined the CBCC follows the high practice standards set by the ACR for image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs.

“This is significant because it recognizes the high quality of the multiple imaging modalities and image-guided biopsies offered at our breast center,” says Avice O’Connell, M.D., director of women’s imaging for the CBCC and associate professor of Imaging Sciences.

The CBCC is dedicated to diagnosing and treating people with breast problems. This model is unique in upstate New York and allows someone who has a breast concern to consult with experts in the diagnosis and treatment of breast disease, receive a mammogram or more specialized imaging and a biopsy, as needed. The imaging studies are read by an expert in breast imaging, and biopsies are evaluated by pathologists who specialize in breast pathology, allowing the most accurate diagnosis.  

All members of the breast care team — physicians and technologists specializing in breast imaging, breast pathology, breast surgery and reconstruction, medical and radiation therapy, and cancer genetics, as well as nurses, social workers, physical and occupational therapists and clinical trials specialists — are on site help patients develop an individualized care plan if treatment is needed.

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