Southtowns Radiology of Hamburg has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
MRI is a noninvasive medical test that utilizes magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.
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 highly sought-after designation assures the community that Southtowns Radiology is providing the best possible care to patients in need of an MRI,” said Asha Ziembiec, MD, medical director for Southtowns Radiology. “We want patients to feel confident that our technologists, our equipment, our protocols and our physicians are utilizing best practices in the industry. The ACR accreditation is part of earning their trust when it comes to choosing superior care.”
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.
Southtowns Radiology of Hamburg offers patients MRI services using an Open, 1.2 tesla high- field magnetic resonance imaging scanner. To enhance patient comfort, the MRI is open and does not surround the body on three sides. This state-of-the-art technology supports larger patients, as well as patients who suffer from claustrophobia.