This program was extremely selective, with nearly 200 applications submitted for the first cohort. The first cohort runs from April to November 2022 with the aim of improving breast positioning in mammography by ensuring that the skills of technologists are well developed and continuously maintained. Minimum requirements for participants included a strong interest in improving mammography positioning, supportive department heads, and a team of committed frontline staff and leaders.
The ACR Learning Network is constantly pursuing the improvement of diagnostic imaging by learning a health system approach that encourages hospitals to identify common methods to create a culture of performance measurement. The ACR Learning Network leads four improvement collaborations, which include lung cancer screening, prostate MRI image quality, recommendation tracking, and mammography positioning.
Each of these improvement collaborations sees participants share metrics, common issues, and solutions to improve performance in their respective areas. For the Mammography Positioning Improvement Collaborative, MemorialCare Breast Center will participate with several other hospitals across the United States to improve the quality of mammograms, which will improve breast cancer detection and reduce unnecessary callbacks. Over the next several months, Long Beach Medical Center will analyze its data and share its research findings to achieve the goal of collaborative improvement.
MemorialCare Breast Center at Long Beach Medical Center is committed to early detection and accurate diagnosis of the center of the breast, using state-of-the-art technology for the highest level of breast imaging. Long Beach Medical Center’s MemorialCare Breast Center is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Center and considered a Center of Excellence in Breast Imaging by the ACR, which means patients have access to comprehensive care, multidisciplinary team and a quality breast centre.