Missouri Delta Medical Center's mammography department recently received a perfect score on their annual Mammography Quality Standard Act inspection.
"Only two other institutions in the state of Missouri received a perfect score this year," said Sharon Urhahn, director of marketing for Missouri Delta Medical Center.
"Mammography is a screen for cancer of the breast," said Mary Carolyn Adams, MDMC's mammography department supervisor. "It saves women's lives through the early detection of breast cancer. After the age of 40 it should be on an annual basis."
MDMC has offered mammography services since December 1985. "We do around 3,500 per year," said Adams.
The perfect score, along with the hospital's record of scoring in the excellent category, means women "can feel very comfortable about coming to MDMC to have their mammography done," Adams said. "These standards are mandated by the federal government and we are required to meet these qualifications which involve many, many components."
Inspectors spend a full work day checking both staff and technology such as the calibration of machines, the amount of radiation used, the quality of films, the resolution of images, cancer detection rates, continuing education credits among staff and dozens of other details.
Additionally, all the records, reports and other documentation from the last year are scrutinized.
"They are extremely meticulous. If they ask you and you don't have it ready you are penalized," said Dr. Lilly Rezvani, the radiologist who serves as the responsible physician and leading interpreter for the department.
Accordingly, the entire department deserves credit for consistently maintaining the standards that are required by MQSA. "It is a team," Rezvani said. "We've consistently done well with perfect inspections in the past."