St. Mary’s Radiology Department has been awarded accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) and nuclear medicine as the result of recent reviews by the American College of Radiology (ACR). These are in addition to the previously obtained accreditation in mammography at St. Mary’s Women’s Imaging Center.
MRI is a noninvasive medical test that utilizes magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. CT scanning, sometimes call CAT scanning, is a non-invasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and tailor treatments for various medical conditions. Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material, ingested by the patient, to diagnose and treat a variety of disease, including many types of cancers, heart disease and certain other abnormalities within the body.
The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.
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“Congratulations to our imaging teams in CT, nuclear medicine and MRI for meeting the stringent requirements to become accredited by the ACR in their respective modalities,” says Krista Roberts, CEO of St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. “Obtaining this lofty achievement affirms our commitment to provide the highest level of image quality and patient safety to the customers we serve in our communities.”
The ACR, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practices, science and professions of radiological care. The College serves more than 37,000 diagnostic/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.