Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley has earned the American College of Radiology's (ACR) gold seal of accreditation in ultrasound, computed tomography (CT) and nuclear medicine. The three-year term of accreditation was awarded as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The hospital’s MRI services were accredited last year.
Ultrasound imaging, also known as sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of internal body parts to help diagnose illness, injury or other medical problems. CT scanning – sometimes called CAT scanning – is a noninvasive 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 diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease and 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 Guidelines and Technical Standards, following 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 they can use for continuous practice improvement.
“To families of our patients, this accreditation means they can feel confident their loved one is receiving care at a facility that has met the highest level of imaging quality and radiation safety,” said Sandra Scott, radiology and patient access manager at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley. “We are very proud of these accreditations as they validate the excellent care provided by our ultrasound, CT and nuclear medicine staff every day.”
The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 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.
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