2012-03-29 / Lifestyles

Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital announces ACR accreditation

Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation on their new digital mammography unit as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.

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 subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

“Receiving this accreditation is very significant,” said CEO George Montgomery. “This accreditation provides our patients with the knowledge and comfort of knowing they are receiving the highest level of image quality and patient safety at SMH.”

Montgomery went on to acknowledge the exceptional work of the SMH Medical Imaging department led by Radiologist Dr. Tom Miles, Supervisor Julie Baker and Mammography Supervisor Dee Henrichsen along with their exemplary team of technicians.

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.

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