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MFSH Imaging Department Earns ACR Accreditation in Nuclear Medicine

Updated: 5/11/2016

Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital (MFSH) has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in nuclear medicine as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material, ingested by the patient, to diagnose and treat a variety of disease, including many types of cancers, heart disease and certain other abnormalities within the body.

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 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 ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.

“This is a huge accomplishment for Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital,” said Dawn Taylor, director of Cardiopulmonary and Imaging Services at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. “Having the Nuclear Medicine Department accredited by the ACR in all areas of nuclear medicine imaging shows our patients that we are providing them with the highest quality of care possible.”

This was the initial ACR survey for the Nuclear Medicine Department but it marks the third specialty modality accreditation that the MFSH Imaging department has received. Both Mammography and Computed Tomography (CT)are ACR accredited.    

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 and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.