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John Pearce, MDWomen who have breast exams at the Queen's Women's Health Center (WHC) can expect a higher standard of diagnostics. The American College of Radiology (ACR) recently designated QMC as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. The designation means that breast imaging services at Queen's are fully accredited in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy. 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 WHC has achieved high practice standards in imaging quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs. The principal breast imaging radiologists at the WHC are John Pearce, MD, medical director of Breast Imaging; Clayton Yamada, MD, director of Breast MRI; and Corless Chun, MD, senior breast imaging radiologist.

The WHC's Mammography DepartmentBy awarding facilities the status of Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation programs and modules, in addition to the mandatory Mammography Accreditation Program. "The Queen's Medical Center is the only breast center in Hawai’i designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence and accredited by the NAPBC (National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers)," said Darlena Chadwick, RN, Vice President of Patient Care. "In addition, Queen's is a selected NCCCP (National Cancer Institute's Community Cancer Center Programs) site, of which there are only 30 in the nation. Queen's is one of only six hospitals in the nation that has NAPBC accreditation and is also a NCCCP site."


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1. John Pearce, MD, medical director of Breast Imaging. 2. The WHC's Mammography Department was also recently honored with Queen's Service Excellence Award for outstanding outpatient satisfaction.

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