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JRMC Radiology Department awarded accreditation

The Jamestown Regional Medical Center Radiology Department has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in computed tomography (CT) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology. CT scanning — sometimes called CAT scanning — is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and tailor treatments for various medical conditions.

“We are so pleased and honored to have received the ACR CT accreditation. It was a time and resource intensive process to submit data,” said Diane Nelson, manager of the JRMC Radiology Department. “The ACR accreditation exemplifies the ultimate standard in quality performance of CT procedures.”

The American College of Radiology gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety, Nelson said. It is awarded only to facilities meeting American College of Radiology 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 American College of Radiology Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report it can use for continuous practice improvement.

“Patients can be assured that when they come to JRMC to have their CT scans done, they will be receiving the best care with extremely high-quality images and accurate, timely records by a highly-skilled professional,” Nelson said.

The American College of Radiology is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 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.