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  •  Rome Memorial Hospital’s MRI services receive three year renewal of accreditation by the American College of Radiology

    Rome Memorial Hospital has been awarded a renewal of its three-year accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) services, announced Medical Imaging Director Sharon Carson.
    Physicians depend upon the diagnostic information from medical imaging studies to develop a plan of care for their patients. To ensure that the results provided are of the highest quality, Rome Memorial Hospital seeks validation of its medical imaging services through the ACR.
    “ACR accreditation acknowledges that our patients receive the best possible images, using the latest technology with the highest safety measures,” Carson said. “We congratulate our MRI staff led by Supervisor Craig Pole RT (R) MR, and Medical Imaging Department Chairman Dr. John Restivo.”
    The ACR is a nonprofit professional society whose primary purposes are to advance the science of radiology, improve radiologic services to the patient, study the socioeconomic aspects of the practice of radiology, and encourage continuing education for radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, and persons practicing in allied professional fields.
    The ACR Accreditation Program provides constructive feedback on staff and radiologist qualifications, equipment, quality control, quality assurance, accuracy, and image quality. Accreditation is awarded only to facilities meeting the most stringent practice guidelines and technical standards.
    To receive the renewal of their accreditation, the MRI staff had to perform and submit written and clinical testing over a 45 day period that included physics testing, clinical image gathering, and a review of scan perimeters, technologist/radiologist credentials and MRI policies, according to Pole.
    “Our ACR accreditation means our patients can be assured that the members of the MRI staff at Rome Memorial Hospital hold ourselves to the highest standards in providing the best images and care for our patients in a safe environment,” Pole said.
    “It takes a strong and dedicated team to maintain such high quality, safe patient care,” said Manon Gouse, vice president Diagnostic & Therapeutic Services/Patient Safety Officer, “We are proud to have Craig and his whole team at Rome Memorial Hospital.”
    Rome Memorial Hospital has achieved ACR accreditation for mammography, ultrasound, breast ultrasound, stereotactic breast biopsy, computerized tomography (CT) and nuclear medicine imaging, and is a designated Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.