Hawaii Women’s Centers Best in the Country for Mammograms

December 7, 2010, 11:07 AM HST · Updated December 7, 11:07 AM
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Most health experts agree that mammograms are an important component of women’s breast health. These annual screenings offer early detection for breast cancer that effectively reduces the number of breast cancer-related deaths each year. Despite their benefits, many women find the idea of a mammogram somewhat disquieting. To help assuage concerns many women might have about this screening, two health centers in Hawaii have pursued top ratings in mammogram services.

Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence

Both the Kapi’olani Women’s Center in Honolulu and the Pali Momi Women’s Center in Aiea have received accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR) as Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence. The ACR is considered the authority on mammography in the United States. This accreditation is in addition to the standard accreditation required by the federal government and has only been awarded to the top 5% of mammography providers across the country.

One of the reasons few medical centers receive this additional accreditation is that they must apply and jump through numerous hoops to receive it. While effort is required to achieve a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence accreditation, the staff at Kapi’olani and Pali Momi Women’s Centers believes it is worth it if patients feel more at ease when they come in for breast services.

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These two women’s centers have a long history of emphasizing comfort and assurance for their patients. Both centers are tastefully decorated and extremely comfortable, with works of art from local Hawaiian artists, comfortable robes and fresh flowers. In addition to the many soft touches found throughout, the centers also pride themselves on offering state-of-the art screening equipment, including the first all-digital mammography system to come to the islands.

To qualify as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the health facility must be accredited in:

  • Standard mammography procedures
  • Breast ultrasounds
  • Ultrasound-guided breast biopsies
  • Stereotactic breast biopsies

The Kapi’olani and Pali Momi Women’s Centers provide all of these services in a friendly comfortable environment designed to put patients at ease the minute they walk through the doors of the facility. In addition, both centers comply with ACR’s standards in personnel qualifications, quality control and assurance, facility equipment and image quality.

Whether you are looking for a medical center for your annual mammogram screening, or require medical services for a potential problem, the Kapi’olani and Pali Momi Women’s Centers can help. These facilities are designed with patient comfort in mind and their state-of-the-art equipment ensures that you will receive top quality care in a warm, inviting environment.

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