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BROOKLYN, New York (November 15, 2010) – The Maimonides Cancer Center – Brooklyn’s only dedicated cancer center -- has been designated as a “Breast Imaging Center of Excellence” by the American College of Radiology (ACR), a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists. American College of Radiology. This designation recognizes the Cancer Center for earning accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast ultrasound, including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.

“This important designation recognizes the Cancer Center’s commitment to offering our patients the most advanced diagnostic procedures available today,” said Patrick Borgen, MD, chair of the Department of Surgery at Maimonides Medical Center and director of the Brooklyn Breast Cancer Program at the Cancer Center.  “Our use of state-of-the-art imaging allows us to give patients a more detailed and accurate diagnosis and then design an optimal, individualized treatment plan.” 

Peer-review evaluations, conducted in each breast imaging modality by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field, have determined that the Maimonides Cancer Center has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs. 

An estimated 11,000 people in Brooklyn are diagnosed every year with some form of cancer.  The Maimonides Cancer Center, first opened in May 2005, is a state-of-the-art facility offering a full range of cancer services, all conveniently located to maximize patients' time and minimize the disruption of their lives.  The Center is designed to treat each patient as a whole person and integrate healing of body, mind and spirit.  The medical team emphasizes a multi-modality approach to care, which means multiple methods of treatment are available to patients -- sometimes simultaneously.  Each patient's needs, disease and treatment are considered by a team that includes physicians from radiology, surgery, pathology, radiation oncology, and medical oncology.  The Cancer Center offers a patient-centered environment, with variety of support services to help manage the stresses that go beyond diagnosis and treatment, and design elements selected to inspire healing.

Now celebrating its Centennial, Maimonides Medical Center is among the largest independent teaching hospitals in the nation – training over 450 interns, residents and fellows annually.  Widely recognized for its major achievements in advancing medical and information technology, Maimonides has 705 beds and over 70 subspecialty programs.  For more information on the state-of-the-art clinical services at Maimonides Medical Center, please visit our homepage.

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