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Comprehensive Breast Center Named Center of Excellence

Sentara Northern Virginia Comprehensive Breast Center has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

By awarding facilities the status of a Breast Imaging Center of
the ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast ultrasound, including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.

Sentara Northern Virginia Comprehensive Breast Center includes three locations: Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, Sentara Lake Ridge and the Sentara Mobile Mammography Van. Services provided include digital mammography with computer-aided detection, high-resolution breast ultrasound, ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, stereotactic breast biopsy and breast MRI.

“We are very proud to receive this distinction from the American College of Radiology,” says Dr. Tina Banson, a radiologist and dedicated mammographer at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center. “We’ve worked very hard to make sure we are providing the best breast imaging services possible to the women in our community.”

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 Sentara Northern Virginia Comprehensive Breast Center has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs.

Sentara Northern Virginia Comprehensive Breast Center is also accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

Screening mammograms or other breast imaging services can be scheduled by calling (703) 523-1560 or online at A physician’s referral is not required for an annual screening mammogram.

Dr. Tina Banson is the radiologist and dedicated mammographer for the
Sentara Northern Virginia Comprehensive Breast Center.

About ACR
The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 diagnostic and interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) is a consortium of national, professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and the monitoring of outcomes for patients with diseases of the breast.

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