20 Years of Excellent Ratings for Mammography at TCMH

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TCMH added digital mammography in 2013 with the completion of a major expansion that included a new radiology department. Shown here with the digital mammography machine are two technologists that are trained in mammography, Lori Dailing and Terri Bailey.

The Texas County Memorial Hospital mammography department has again received a “zero deficiency” rating from the Mammogram Quality Standard Act (MQSA) for digital mammography done by the department.

This is the twentieth consecutive year the department has received a flawless rating in the state and federal survey.  Ann Hamilton, TCMH radiology department director, noted that it is “virtually unheard of” to be deficiency free for so many years.

Over half the survey time was spent inspecting paperwork collected in the mammography department.  Hamilton complimented Terri Bailey, technologist in the mammography department, for her role in compiling paperwork.

“Terri’s precise record keeping is one of the main reasons we continue to receive excellent ratings,” Hamilton said.

The mammography technologists, interpreting radiologist and physicist are required to have mammography specific continuing education annually.  Quality assurance testing is performed on the equipment daily, weekly and monthly, and the medical physicist performs an annual review of the mammography unit.

The TCMH radiology department offers the complete range of radiologic services—CT, digital mammography, MRI, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, bone density scan and x-ray.  The radiology department upgraded almost all of the departmental equipment in 2013 when the new department opened as part of the hospital expansion.

The radiology department at TCMH is open 24-hours a day.

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