CT Service at Franklin Memorial Hospital Accredited
The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level
September 26, 2011
Franklin Memorial Hospital (FMH) has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in computed tomography (CT) for adult and pediatric patients as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). CT scanning is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and tailor treatments for various medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and stroke.
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 facility with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.
According to Kim Turner, FMH radiology director, Franklin Memorial Hospital is one of just 17 sites in Maine to be certified in CT. “We are committed to having the very latest in technology that combines speed, patient comfort, and superb images that facilitate diagnoses,” said Turner.
FMH is also an image gently site, an initiative of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging that encourages appropriate use of CT scans in children and encourages radiation protection efforts in all pediatric imaging.
CT services at Franklin Memorial Hospital are available 24 hours a day; outpatient appointments are available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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