Cutline:  Winneshiek Medical Center mammography recently received top ratings from a federal inspection.  The mammography team is pictured wearing pink gloves for the month of October which, in addition to bringing awareness to breast cancer, supports the National Breast Cancer Foundation through donations from the product company. Pictured are: (front row, left-right) Ashley Heine, Sue Meyer, and Erica Featheringill; (back row, left-right) Christina Elton, Marsha Tollefsrud, Verna Steffen, Kris Rasmussen, and Debra Sexton. (Submitted photo)
Cutline: Winneshiek Medical Center mammography recently received top ratings from a federal inspection. The mammography team is pictured wearing pink gloves for the month of October which, in addition to bringing awareness to breast cancer, supports the National Breast Cancer Foundation through donations from the product company. Pictured are: (front row, left-right) Ashley Heine, Sue Meyer, and Erica Featheringill; (back row, left-right) Christina Elton, Marsha Tollefsrud, Verna Steffen, Kris Rasmussen, and Debra Sexton. (Submitted photo)

Winneshiek Medical Center has received excellent ratings on its mammography services.

Winneshiek Medical Center offers digital mammography for area women, combining revolutionary imaging technology that provides sharper images using lower doses of radiation with softer, warmer breast cushions to offer a more positive experience. The service was recently inspected by federal Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) surveyors, and Winneshiek Medical Center achieved the highest rating possible.

"This is an excellent achievement for WMC, and specifically for our radiology staff," said Clinic Administrator Dave Rooney.

"MQSA standards are extremely stringent, and the fact that our staff has received the top rating of 'no findings' speaks volumes of the quality of mammography services we are able to offer. We are proud of this achievement, and are pleased to assure our patients that they are receiving the highest quality care."

The annual Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) federal inspection covers six major areas: Equipment performance; technologist quality control; medical physicist survey; personnel qualifications; medical reports and outcome audits.

Winneshiek Medical Center provides a full-time, on-site Mayo Clinic Health System radiologist who specializes in breast health and breast disease diagnosis. The mammography suite is staffed with skilled, compassionate and certified mammography technologists, including technologists trained in mammography for women with breast implants. Patients who need further testing after a mammogram screening can often have same day appointments at WMC. Winneshiek Medical Center offers biopsy options and surgical options, including breast MRI, stereotactic breast biopsies, ultrasound-guided breast biopsies, and sentinel node mapping - all in a private, comfortable environment, conveniently available at the medical center in Decorah.

"Although this inspection highlights the efforts of our mammography technologists, the entire radiology team contributes to the overall MQSA rating," says Sue Meyer, radiology supervisor at WMC.

"All radiology staff members display an unwavering commitment to quality patient care, and the inspection results reflect that commitment."

The American Cancer Society suggests women should begin yearly mammograms at age 40. If a woman has a family history of breast cancer, she should consult with her health care provider for advice on when to begin a baseline mammogram. To schedule a mammogram at WMC, call 563-387-3022.