PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - For the 200 to 250 women who come to Singing River Hospital's Radiology Department for mammograms and breast ultrasounds each month, those images means a lot.
"Breast imaging is actually very important," said Roland Mestsayer, Medical Director at Singing River Health System. "Mammography is the earliest way that breast cancer may be detectable."
The hospital was recently accredited by the American College of Radiology for their breast ultrasound practices. Mestsayer said the American College of Radiology sets the standard for radiology practice nationwide.
Radiology Director Karen Ehlers hopes local women can rest a little easier when they come in for a screening, knowing they're getting the best care around.
"Currently in Mississippi we are one of five in the whole state," said Ehlers. "The closest being Hattiesburg and the other ones are around Meridian and Oxford. Tuscaloosa, Montgomery, Birmingham, those areas are accredited but not close to us. Not Mobile County."
Ehlers said the accreditation was based on submitted images, along with staff and equipment information.
"Our patients should know that we have a high standard of care here in our department, we have the best equipment," said Ehlers. "We have the best techonolgy, we employ the best ultrasonographers."
The accreditation also gives a boost of confidence to nurses and technicians at the radiology deparment.
"I think it's a great accomplishment for our ultrasound department," Ehlers said. "Oudepartmenttnographers really strive to do the best. When they found out there was that breast accrediation out there, they wanted to apply and they set the bar high."
"Its going to allow us to finaccreditationnlier and maybe to make the diagnosis with a little more confidence," Mestsayer added.