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Radiology services earn accreditationRadiology services earn accreditation
By: Teddy Paynter - teddy.paynter@pikevillehospital.org, Staff Writer
Published: 02/10/2012


 
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PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center is committed to providing the best possible care for its patients.

PMC’s radiology services — Nuclear Medicine, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT), Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Mammography — have received three-year accreditation from the American College of Radiology, recognized as the gold standard in diagnostic imaging.

PMC Radiology Manager Joni Fields said qualifications required to be accredited include image quality, equipment performance, safety standards for staff and patients, quality assurance and quality control program, as well as personnel qualifications for physicians and technologists.

“Our employees and physicians are dedicated to seeing that our patients are given the best care possible,” Fields said. “Our department takes pride in assuring that everyone that walks through our doors receives the same equal care and commitment from our staff.”

Here are the qualifications for each service accreditation:

•Nuclear Medicine and PET Accreditation Program involves the acquisition of clinical and phantom images and corresponding data for each unit. The acquisition of the phantom images involves the use of a designated single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) phantom. Accreditation in nuclear medicine is unit based. Every unit used to produce diagnostic clinical images for patients must successfully pass accreditation testing for the facility to be accredited.

•MRI Accreditation Program evaluates the qualifications of personnel, the quality control program, safety policies and image quality specific to MRI. It involves the acquisition of clinical and phantom images and corresponding data for each unit.

•CT Accreditation Program involves the acquisition of clinical and phantom images, dose measurements, and the submission of scanning protocols. Every unit used to produce diagnostic clinical images for patients must successfully pass accreditation testing for the facility to be accredited.

•Mammography Accreditation Program provides facilities with peer review and constructive feedback on staff qualifications, equipment, quality control (QC), quality assurance, image quality, and radiation dose.

ACR has accredited more than 20,000 facilities, including more than 10,000 practices in 10 different imaging modalities since 1987.

“Having these accreditations validates the organizations commitment to quality and safety and is a testament to the efforts our staff makes every day to ensure our patients have the best possible experience,” PMC Assistant Vice President Tim Martin said.






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