May 21, 2012
Imaging Services at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) recently received another three-year accreditation for its Computer Tomography (CT) scanners, including the 64-slice CT, from the American College of Radiology (ACR). Accredited CT services are offered at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, as well as both the Imaging Center Gainesville and Braselton locations.
CT scanning — sometimes called CAT scanning — is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and tailor treatments for various medical conditions.
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. 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.
“Our staff worked diligently for many months to prepare for this survey and continues to work to maintain this accreditation from the ACR,” says Debbie Duke, director of Imaging Services at NGMC. “We are very proud to receive this national recognition of our services and the high quality care we provide to our patients.”
NGMC’s Imaging Services also participates in the ACR’s Dose Index Registry (DIR), which will allow participating imaging facilities to compare their radiation doses for CT scans to regional and national values. Data collected from this registry will be used to establish national benchmarks for CT dose. The DIR is part of the overall ACR approach to medical radiation reduction.
For more information about Imaging Services at NGMC, call 770-219-3840 or visit www.nghs.com/imaging.
About the American College of Radiology (ACR):
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.