Nuclear Medicine Service at Franklin Memorial Hospital Accredited
ACR gold seal represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety
October 11, 2011
Franklin Memorial Hospital (FMH) 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 medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material, ingested by the patient, to diagnose and treat a variety of disease, including many types of cancers, heart disease, and certain other abnormalities within the body.
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.
The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 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.
“Our radiology department employs three full-time certified nuclear medicine technologists: Leslie Tainter, Adam Weilek, and Michele Lorette-Hughes, who perform nuclear medicine imaging procedures that are essential in many medical specialties, from pediatrics to cardiology and oncology,” said Kim Turner, FMH radiology director.
Franklin Memorial Hospital has two nuclear medicine systems with appointments available Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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