This past week, Rosetta Radiology officially became ACR accredited for mammography and ultrasound! Naturally, our staff is absolutely thrilled, but we realized that anybody who doesn’t work in the health industry might be a little confused about why this is such a big deal for us. Sure, being ACR accredited sounds good, but when it comes down to it what does that really mean for our patients?
ACR stands for the American College of Radiation. They offer accreditation programs for Breast MRI, Breast Ultrasound, Computed Tomography, Mammography, MRI, Nuclear Medicine & PET, Radiation Oncology, Stereotactic Breast Biopsy, and Ultrasound.
ACR awards accreditation to facilities for “the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of its practice”. Facilities seeking accreditation are evaluated by board-certified radiologists and medical physicists that are experts in their respective fields. Some things that ACR evaluates when determining whether or not to accredit a facility are:
Adequacy of facility equipment
Quality control procedures
Quality assurance programs
Not all facilities are ACR accredited, and most patients are unaware of what the accreditation means. If you’re seeking care from a facility that is ACR accredited as opposed to one that is not, you can feel confident in knowing these three things.
1) “Your hospital, clinic or health center has voluntarily gone through a rigorous review process to be sure it meets nationally accepted standards.”
2) “The personnel are well qualified, through education and certification, to perform and interpret your medical images and administer radiation therapy treatments.”
3) “The equipment is appropriate for the test or treatment you will receive, and the facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines.”
It’s an honor to officially be ACR accredited, and we’re so proud of our staff for being a part of this incredible accomplishment. For more information about the ACR Accreditation process, you can visit http://www.acr.org/Quality-Safety/Radiology-Safety/Patient-Resources/Meaning-of-Accreditation.