The Radiology Department of Netcare Park Lane Hospital in the locality of Johannesburg is the foremost center in South Africa to be awarded for having international accreditation in breast MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) by ACR (American College of Radiology). The women’s imaging center that creates part of Park Lane Radiology department was created in recent years by Diagnostic Radiologists Dr. Peter Schoub, Dr. Harry Said, Dr. Sandy Wise and Dr. Leora Sweidan. The center operates as a segment of an integrated, holistic team with other specialists at health care centers & Netcare Milpark’s Breast Care Center of Excellence, providing detailed breast imaging services incorporating MRI, MRI- guided biopsies, ultrasound and tomosynthesis mammography.
Park Lane Radiology got the ACR gold seal of accreditation for 3 years following the latest review by ACR. Breast cancer patients are hence assured of massive levels of image quality & patient safety. We applaud Park Lane Radiology & the medical professionals practicing there, as the accreditation confirms their considerable expertise in this niche, said Jacques du Plessis – the managing director of Netcare. The ACR accreditation is praised for facilities which meet its strict discipline parameters & technical standards and after peer-review estimation by board-certified physicians & medical physicists who are experts in the field. Personnel qualifications, image quality, quality control procedures, adequacy of facility equipment and quality assurance programs are evaluated.
The findings are indicated to the ACR Committee on Accreditation that subsequently offers the practice with a detailed report that can be employed for continuous practice improvement. MRI of the breast provides worthy information to oncologists & other breast care specialist about a plenty of breast conditions which might not be got using other imaging technologies like ultrasound or mammography. The MRI is thus an essential added tool in the diagnosis & treatment of several patients, especially those who are at massive risk of breast cancer owing to abnormal family history and genetics, said du Plessis.
Breast MRI is considered as the most precise imaging test found to detect breast cancer & is used to screen high-risk patients, estimate the extent of the cancer, recognize recurrent cancer & address dilemmas presented by traditional imaging like ultrasounds and mammograms, included Dr. Schoub. It might be employed with other imaging techniques like breast ultrasound and mammography to monitor a patient’s breast health since it usually detects smaller abnormalities in the breast which is not probable with other technologies like mammography, and greatly aids in helping breast cancer treatment plans, continued Dr. Schoub.
As per Dr. Schoub, MRI can be highly useful in younger female patients who tend to have denser breast tissue. As it does not employ radiation, it can be employed to conduct more usual breast screenings safely in younger women who are at massive risk for treating breast cancer. Most breast MRIs are accomplished by following discussions between breast surgeon and radiologist or oncologist. It plays a specifically important role in evaluating the cancer extent & presence of multiple cancers. The knowledge got from this scan assist the surgeons & oncologists to plan the most evaluate treatment for breast cancer patients, said Dr. Schoub.