McLeod Health Clarendon is pleased to announce that its Radiology Department has received a perfect score on its Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) inspection by South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).
''Receiving a score of 100 percent on our recent MQSA inspection is an honor for McLeod Health Clarendon. This perfect score shows that we have an excellent staff that continuously pursues perfection in their provision of patient care and the delivery of the highest mammographic images possible. A major part of the survey is the review of the documentation for our mammography equipment, which is handled by Kristi McElveen, lead Mammography Technologist. Her diligence has resulted in maintaining this information is to be commended,” said Rachel Gainey, McLeod Health Clarendon Administrator.
3D Mammography Technologists at McLeod Health Clarendon are Kristi McElveen, Charlene Young-Singletary, Stacey Barwick and Janice McNair. Breast ultrasounds are also performed in the McLeod Health Clarendon Radiology Department by Stephanie Endicott.
McLeod Health Clarendon currently uses the most accurate mammogram available- 3D Mammography™, which is revolutionizing how breast cancer is detected by providing a better option for women of all breast densities compared to 2D alone.
"3D Mammography allows detection and diagnosis of breast cancer and is a highly effective tool in detecting breast cancer long before any physical symptoms develop. Early detection is documented to be critical in reducing mortality rates," said Gainey. "I am proud of our Radiology staff demonstrating excellence in the quality of care they provide to our patients."
3D Mammography is one of the most important techniques that doctors use to detect breast cancer. A large benefit of a mammogram is its ability to detect problem areas even before they can be felt in a breast self-exam. Finding breast cancer earlier means much lower levels of lymph node involvement, and that more women being treated for cancer are eligible for breast conservation.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in South Carolina, regardless of race and age. All women ages 40 and over are encouraged to schedule a mammogram annually. Please call McLeod Reservations and Scheduling at (843) 777-2095 to schedule an appointment at McLeod Health Clarendon.