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Marian Earns ACR Accreditation

ACR accrediation

Marian Regional Medical Center 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 (ACR). CT scanning—sometimes called CAT scanning—is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and tailor treatments for various 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 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 ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

The ACR 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. When awarded the ACR gold seal, it means the facility and its personnel have gone through a comprehensive review to earn accreditation status by the ACR, the largest and oldest imaging accrediting body in the United States.

Marian has five CT scanners: two scanners are located at the hospital (main dept. and ER), one at Plaza Diagnostic Imaging, two at Marian PET/CT Center (at this location we have one CT scanner and one PET/CT scanner, so the CT portion of the PET/CT is ACR). Congratulations to Marian!

To achieve the ACR gold standard of accreditation, our facility’s personnel qualifications, equipment requirements, quality assurance, and quality control procedures have met specific qualifications. It’s important for patients to know that every aspect of the ACR accreditation process is overseen by board-certified, expert radiologists and medical physicists in advanced diagnostic imaging.

ACR accredited facilities have voluntarily gone through this vigorous review process to ensure that all nationally-accepted standards of care are met. Personnel are well qualified, through education and certification, to perform medical imaging, interpret your images, and administer radiation therapy treatments. All equipment is appropriate for the test or treatment patients will receive, and the facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines. When you see the ACR gold seals of accreditation prominently displayed at Marian’s facilities, you can be sure that you are in a facility that meets the highest standards for imaging quality and safety.