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Congratulations Imaging!! MRI and CT Earn Accreditation
Our Imaging Department has received another honor. They have been
awarded a three-year term of accreditation for their 1.5 Tesla MRI and their 64
slice CT by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Earlier this year Nuclear
Medicine program also received accreditation from ACR.
Accreditations Received On First
Try-A Real Accomplishment
Led by Lisa
White RT (R), (MR), and Ken Ritchie, RT (R), (MR), (CT), the MRI and CT accreditations
were received after their first submissions which demonstrates the expertise of
our staff and quality of work HCH has always had in place. They were assisted in this rigorous review
and application process by Jake Mathew RT
(R), Leslie Crumpton RT (N) (MR), Beth
Beard RT (R) (CT), and Becky Blair RT (R) (CT).
Wright, Dr. William Shidall and Dr. Linda Lau worked in unison to help review
protocols, radiologist's report formats and peer review associated with all MRI
and CT exams performed here at HCH.
spent nearly seven months reviewing and updating HCH policies, protocols and
Quality Assurance programs to ensure they met ACR regulations and that staff
was educated about the changes.
Accreditation Represents Highest
"The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of
image quality and patient safety and receiving it recognizes the excellent
service we provide to our patients," said Gary Clarkson, R.T., (R) (CT) (MR) Director of Imaging. 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.
MRIs are used to provide highly detailed pictures of organs
and structures within the body
and also may show
problems that cannot be seen with other imaging methods.
The open-bore MRI scanner at Henry County Hospital offers
a more comfortable alternative for large and claustrophobic patients.
CT scanning offers detailed, cross sectional views
of soft tissue and blood vessels in addition to bones. Use of a CT scan may eliminate
the need for invasive exploratory surgery and surgical biopsy.