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Regional Perinatal Center Awarded AIUM Ultrasound Practice Accreditation

Updated: 1/2/2015

The Ultrasound Practice Accreditation Council of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine has awarded the WNY Regional Perinatal Center at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo with ultrasound practice accreditation.

The WNY Regional Perinatal Center achieved this recognition by meeting rigorous voluntary guidelines set by the diagnostic ultrasound profession. All facets of the Center were assessed, including the training and qualifications of physicians and sonographers; ultrasound equipment maintenance; documentation; storage and record-keeping practices; policies and procedures to protect patients and staff; quality assurance methods; and the thoroughness, technical quality and interpretation of the sonograms the Center performs.

“This certification ensures that the care given in the Perinatal Center is of the highest caliber, and that we are on par with the best ultrasound units in the country,” said Jeffrey Johnson, MD, Chief of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, University at Buffalo and Medical Director of the WNY Regional Perinatal Center, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. “It ensures quality care, up to date information, and that all personnel are adequately trained to provide the best service possible.”

Designated by New York State as the Regional Perinatal Center for Western New York, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo offers a comprehensive maternal and newborn service assessing high-risk women who may be having a high-risk fetus which will require a high level of specialized care. Women & Children’s Hospital is the only hospital in Western New York to offer these specialized services for babies. Seventeen hospitals from the region’s eight counties and three institutions in Erie and Warren, Pennsylvania transfer their most critically ill infants and high risk expectant mothers to Women & Children’s Hospital for the highest level of medical care available. For more information, call 878-1227 or visit www.buffalobaby.org.

The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine is a multidisciplinary medical association of more than 9900 physicians, sonographers and scientists dedicated to advancing the safe and effective use of ultrasound in medicine through professional and public education, research, development guidelines and accreditation. Participation in the AIUM’s Ultrasound Practice Accreditation program is available to practices in the following areas of ultrasound: abdominal/general, breast, complete obstetric or focused obstetric, dedicated musculoskeletal (with or without ultrasound-guided interventional procedures), fetal echocardiography, gynecologic, dedicated thyroid/parathyroid, urologic, ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia and head and neck (available January 1, 2015). For more information, visit www.aium.org.