Cortland Regional Medical Center was recently awarded a three-year term of
accreditation in ultrasound for general, obstetrical and vascular imaging as the result
of an extensive review by the
American College of Radiology (ACR).
Ultrasound imaging, also known as sonography, is a non-invasive medical
test that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of internal
body parts to help providers diagnose illness, injury or other medical problems.
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.
“Receiving this accreditation completes the suite of ACR accreditations
for Cortland Regional’s imaging modalities,” says Director
of Imaging Services, Debra King. “This ultrasound accreditation
joins the list of existing ACR accreditations in MRI, CT, nuclear medicine,
breast ultrasound, stereotactic biopsy and mammography,” she continues.
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.