HSHS St. Francis Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in nuclear medicine as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material injected in 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.
St. Francis Hospital’s Radiology Manager Jen Lewis, RT(R)(M)(CT)(MR), said, “This was our first time applying for this accreditation, so we are extremely proud of our imaging staff for achieving this high level of care. This shows their commitment to ensuring the images captured are clear and comprehensive to help the radiologist diagnose issues patients are experiencing and demonstrating the highest standard of diagnostic care for our community.”
St. Francis is also ACR accredited in all imaging services available for review by the ACR.