Fairview Range Medical Center (FRMC) 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 diagnostic imaging that is used to diagnose and treat diseases in a safe and painless way. Nuclear Medicine uses a type of medicine (a pharmaceutical) that is attached to a small quantity of radioactive material (a radioisotope). This combination is called a radiopharmaceutical; it is used in small amounts and has no side effects to the patient. The radioactive tracer can be injected into a vein, swallowed, or inhaled depending on what specific place in the body needs to be imaged. The Nuclear Medicine camera does not emit any radiation, the pictures are possible only when the radioisotope is on board. Nuclear Medicine exams are tests that allow functional testing.
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.
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.
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