J.C. Blair’s Medical Imaging Department Earns ACR Accreditation in Five Modalities
J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital’s Medical Imaging (Radiology) Department has been awarded accreditation in five imaging modalities – computer tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine, ultrasound and mammography – as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
CT scanning — sometimes called CAT scanning — is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and tailor treatments for various medical conditions. MRI is a noninvasive medical test that utilizes magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal organs to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material, injected into the patient, to diagnose and treat a variety of disease, including many types of cancers, heart disease, and certain other abnormalities within the body. Ultrasound imaging, also known as sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of internal body parts to help providers diagnose illness, injury, or other medical problems. Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.
“We are very proud of the state-of-the-art technology and staff that J.C. Blair is able to offer to our patients. It’s our goal to offer the best possible service to each and every patient,” said J.C. Blair Medical Imaging Director Larry Garman, Jr., R.T.(R),(CT),(ARRT).
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.
“ACR accreditation in five modalities is an impressive accomplishment that few hospitals attain,” said J.C. Blair Radiologist Francis Pessolano, M.D.
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.
For more information about J.C. Blair’s Medical Imaging (Radiology) Department, please visit www.jcblair.org or call (814) 643-8624.