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FHN Nuclear Medicine Department Accredited by ACR

7/2/2012

FHN's Nuclear Medicine department has achieved a three-year accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

The ACR has now accredited FHN's Diagnostic Imaging Department in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI); Mammography; Nuclear Medicine; and Positron Emission Tomography (PET).

"The ACR awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of its practice. Image quality and procedure evaluations are conducted by board-certified radiologists and medical physicists who are experts in the field," said FHN Director of Diagnostic Imaging Robin Scalise.

"The program also evaluates personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs," Scalise said. “"We are very proud of FHN's imaging team, and grateful in particular for the hard work of the Nuclear Medicine staff."

According to the ACR, when a patient chooses an ACR-accredited facility, he or she knows that:

  • The hospital, clinic or health center has voluntarily gone through a rigorous review process to be sure it meets nationally accepted standards
  • The personnel are well-qualified, through education and certification, to perform and interpret medical images and administer radiation therapy treatments
  • The equipment is appropriate for the required tests or treatments, and the facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines

To schedule a mammogram at FHN's ACR-accredited Women's Diagnostic Center inside FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport, call 815-599-6860.