March 4, 2009
MAURY REGIONAL RECEIVES AMERICAN COLLEGE OF RADIOLOGY ACCREDITATION
COLUMBIA, Tenn.— Maury Regional Medical Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in CT as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
“The Imaging Department at Maury Regional Medical Center is committed to providing the best possible care as demonstrated by our ACR accreditations in mammography, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, MRI and now CT. Few facilities in our region are accredited in all of these areas. This accomplishment is a reflection of our highly skilled and qualified staff as well as an assurance to our patients that they can count on Maury Regional Medical Center for outstanding diagnostic imaging,” said Pam Williams, director of imaging.
In addition to diagnostic imaging as ordered by a physician, the medical center offers wellness screenings to help determine if one has a certain condition that may not present any signs or symptoms before resulting in a serious health issue. Wellness screenings utilizing CT technology include scans of the abdomen, pelvic area, lungs, and a cardiac scan.
According to the ACR Web site, accreditation is awarded to health care facilities that have voluntarily gone through a rigorous review process to be sure they meet nationally accepted standards. Personnel of accredited organizations have been found to be well qualified, through education and certification, to perform and interpret medical images. The equipment is appropriate for the test or treatment patients receive, and the facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines.
The ACR, headquartered in Reston, Virginia, awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. They assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of facility equipment. The surveyors report their findings to the ACR’s Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report.
The ACR is a national organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic and interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, and nuclear medicine and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.