Southeastern Med Earns ACR Ultrasound Accreditation
Contact: Kelli Koch
CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, April 6, 2011 — Southeastern Med is proud to announce that the American College of Radiology (ACR) awarded the medical center a three-year term of accreditation in ultrasound.
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. The accreditation covers the medical center’s general, vascular and breast ultrasound services. General ultrasound includes, but is not limited to, the abdomen, gall bladder, pancreas, liver and kidneys. Vascular ultrasound captures images of blood vessels including arteries and veins. Breast ultrasound is used to aid in the evaluation of possible masses in the breast and is usually used in conjunction with a mammogram.
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.
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.