Ultrasound Service at Franklin Memorial Hospital Accredited
The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level
May 29, 2014
Franklin Memorial Hospital, including its satellite location the Androscoggin Valley Medical Arts Center, has been awarded its first three-year term of accreditation in ultrasound as the result of an extensive review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Ultrasound imaging, also known as sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of internal body parts to help providers diagnose illness, injury, or other medical problems.
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, following 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 they can use for continuous practice improvement.
“Our patients’ safety is of upmost importance. With this new accreditation in ultrasound, all modalities of imaging offered at Franklin Memorial Hospital are now accredited,” said Kim Turner, radiology director. “This additionally includes: adult and pediatric CT (Image Gently Site), MRI, nuclear medicine, and mammography (Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center locations in Farmington and Livermore Falls).
The ACR is a national professional organization focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.
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