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ACR accredits all radiography modalities at medical center


05.08.2012
Augusta, GA
Kellie Bedenbaugh, a Registered Breast Imaging Technologist, uses three-dimensional breast tomosynthesis technology to view an image at the Breast Health Center at Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center. Georgia Health Sciences Health System is the first health care facility in the Augusta-Aiken area to receive American College of Radiology accreditation in all advanced imaging modalities.
 

Georgia Health Sciences Health System is the first health care facility in the Augusta-Aiken area to receive American College of Radiology accreditation in all advanced imaging modalities, including:

  • Breast ultrasound
  • Mammography
  • Computed tomography
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Positron emission tomography
  • Ultrasound

Additionally, the Georgia Health Sciences Breast Health Center was named an ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence in 2011 for superior imaging results in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy and breast ultrasound.
 
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 follows up with a comprehensive report the practice can use for continuous improvement.

ACR-accredited facilities are characterized by:

  • A hospital, clinic or health center that has voluntarily completed a rigorous review process to ensure nationally accepted standards.
  • Personnel well-qualified through education and certification to perform and interpret medical images and administer radiation therapy treatments.
  • Equipment appropriate for a given test or treatment, and a facility that meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines.

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.

In addition, Georgia Health Sciences participates in the Image Gently campaign, an initiative of the ACR and Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging to minimize radiation exposure in children.
The GHS Children’s Medical Center, the region’s only children’s hospital, performs radiology scans only when necessary, scanning only the indicated region, and only once, to minimize radiation exposure. GHS radiologists also explore alternatives to radiation, such as ultrasound or MRI.

GHS Medical Center is the only medical facility in the area with two full-time board-certified medical physicists who work directly with the radiology team to design and optimize imaging techniques. In addition, several GHSU faculty are Fellows of the American College of Radiology, where they study, then put into practice the latest techniques to improve patient care.

For more information about imaging services at Georgia Health Sciences Health System, call 706-721-XRAY (9729).



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