Ingalls Designated

As a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

Ingalls Memorial Hospital and the Richard K. Desser, M.D., Comprehensive Breast Center in Tinley Park have been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence bythe American College of Radiology (ACR).

“A center of excellence designation is awarded to breast imaging centers that have demonstrated excellence and achieved full accreditation in mammography, breast ultrasound-guided biopsy and stereotactic breast biopsy,” explains Lavanya Chekuri, M.D., boardcertified diagnostic radiologist on staff at Ingalls.

Ingalls is the first and only hospital in the South Suburbs to achieve the designation.

The ACR is recognized as a leader in the accreditation of medical imaging and radiation oncology. Ingalls voluntarily underwent the ACR’s rigorous review process and was certified as meeting nationally accepted standards.

“We know that we have an excellent team of radiologists, technologists and support staff dedicated to providing superior breast imaging services,” added Deb Kowalczyk, lead technologist. “And now we have been recognized for it by the nation’s leading imaging accreditation organization.”

Ingalls performs more than 15,000 mammograms every year, along with approximately 1,500 breast ultrasounds. Other services include breast MRIs, and stereotactic and ultrasound-guided needle biopsies.

The Latest Digital Mammography

Ingalls is among the first in the nation to acquire the Selenia® Dimensions™ two-dimensional full-field digital mammography system, which offers superior imaging quality as a part of the newest generation of Hologic digital mammography technology. The equipment is available at the main hospital campus in Harvey and at the Ingalls Family Care Centers in Tinley Park, Calumet City and Flossmoor.

Understanding Digital Mammography

Digital mammography is especially helpful for women with very dense breasts, making it easier to penetrate through the tissue.

Deb Kowalczyk said the patients are pleased. “The new machine has a paddle that conforms to the patients; they say it is a much more comfortable experience.” One such patient, Pat Ratliff, underwent a new digital mammogram at Ingalls in May. “I used to dread when it was time to have my yearly mammogram,” she explains. “I was pleasantly surprised. There was a lot less pressure. I would definitely recommend the new digital mammograms.”

To schedule a screening, call 708.915.3333.

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