Maury Regional Cancer Center earns ACR accreditation for PET


COLUMBIA, Tenn. — Maury Regional Cancer Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in positron emission tomography (PET) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). PET is an advanced imaging modality used to diagnose or treat a variety of diseases, including many types of cancer.

“I am pleased to share the exciting news that Maury Regional Cancer Center has been granted this essential accreditation for its PET imaging services,” said Imaging Director Pam Williams. “This accreditation assures our patients that quality measures are in place at the Cancer Center that make PET imaging safe, accurate and reliable.”

PET, also called PET imaging or a PET scan, is a type of nuclear medicine imaging that utilizes small amounts of radioactive material, injected into the patient, to generate images of the precise location and extent of diseases such as cancer. PET imaging is available by appointment with a physician’s order to evaluate staging and monitoring of cellular activity over time and to assess treatment response. Results are interpreted by board-certified radiologists on the Maury Regional medical staff.

The comprehensive Maury Regional Cancer Center in Columbia enhanced its PET, CT and PET/CT imaging services back in June 2019 with the addition of the new Biograph mCT within the facility.

“The physicians and staff at Maury Regional Cancer Center provide our patients with outstanding care every day,” said Maury Regional Health CEO Alan Watson. “I am grateful for the entire care team who made this distinction possible. Their commitment to medical excellence and patient care is evident in this new accreditation.”

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 parameters and technical standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and expert medical physicists. Reviewers assess image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs before sharing their findings with the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.

The ACR, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. The college serves more than 37,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology as well as the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

Maury Regional Cancer Center is accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons and the ACR. Physicians who treat cancer patients specialize in medical oncology, hematology and radiation oncology. Visit for a full overview of available services.

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