Radiology Department Designated an ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

Registered TEchnologistsRegistered technologists specializing in mammography, L to R: Brenda Mudge, Ellen Adams, Tisha Howe, Meloney Hayward and Nancy Welnak.


Cheshire Medical Center/ Dartmouth Hitchcock Keene’s (CMC/DHK) Radiology Department has recently been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). By awarding facilities the status of a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast ultrasound (including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy) and have met the highest level of imaging quality and patient safety.

To achieve the Center of Excellence designation, CMC/DHK Radiology Department’s personnel qualifications, equipment requirements, quality assurance, and quality control procedures have gone through a rigorous review process and have met specific qualifications. Every aspect of the ACR accreditation designation process, including peer-review evaluations conducted in each breast imaging modality, are overseen by board-certified, expert radiologists, physicians and medical physicists in advanced diagnostic imaging.

“All of us here in the Department of Radiology at Cheshire Medical Center are pleased and proud of our designation as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. This is truly a collaborative effort involving a wide range of individuals with the Department of Radiology. All of us are committed and driven to provide the highest level of imaging and interventional services for the patients we serve,” shares Dr. Michael Sarson, Chairman, Radiology Department.

accreditation sealThe ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

The CMC/DHK Radiology Department operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and has a team of certified Radiologists, who perform and interpret all procedures. The Mammography department is also approved by the FDA and features state of the art technology that reduces a patient’s exposure to radiation, while maintaining high image quality.

Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene is a nonprofit community hospital and clinic with a mission to lead our community to become the nation’s healthiest through our clinical and service excellence, collaboration, and compassion for every patient, every time. Founded by CMC/DHK, Healthy Monadnock 2020 is a community-wide health initiative designed to actively engage the citizens of Cheshire County in the process of becoming the nation’s healthiest community by 2020. To learn more, call 603-354-5400 or visit www.cheshiremed.org.