Erlanger at Hutcheson has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in computed tomography (CT) and nuclear medicine (NM) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). CT scanning, a noninvasive test used to diagnose and tailor medical treatment, and nuclear medicine, small amounts of radioactive material ingested to diagnose and treat disease, are both vital modalities in the health care imaging environment.
“Achieving ACR accreditation in both these areas is an outstanding accomplishment to our imaging staff and board-certified radiologists,” states Roger Forgey, president and CEO. “This is another great example of how Erlanger at Hutcheson is committed to delivering the highest level of image quality and patient safety to our local community.”
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 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 they can use for continuous practice improvement.
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.