NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR), making it one of only two hospitals in Brooklyn to receive this prestigious honor. ACR Center of Excellence accreditation is considered the gold seal for imaging procedures, and confirms that women receiving their mammograms and breast sonograms at NYPBMH's Department of Radiology are being treated with the highest level of care.
An ACR Center of Excellence designation is determined through a peer-review evaluating the women's imaging center. Safety and radiation dosage are also assessed.
MRI, which does not use radiation, offers an excellent tool for evaluation of the breast in selected patients.
Mammograms are still considered the best screening tool for most women. Women should follow the American Cancer Society guidelines to begin annual mammograms at age 40.
Younger women with a family history of breast cancer may also need to be screened annually. In order to limit exposure to radiation, sonograms of the breast are the preferred breast cancer testing method for women under 40, as the sound waves created by the technology allow a radiologist to see the tissue inside the breast.