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A patient undergoes a computed tomography (CT) scan UC Health University Hospital.
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A patient undergoes an imaging test at UC Health University Hospital.
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Jannette Collins, MD, will serve as chair of the UC College of Medicine’s radiology department beginning Feb. 1, 2009.
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Publish Date: 07/13/11
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
Patient Info: For more information on UC Health imaging centers, visit ucphysicians.com.
Note to Editor: This story was written by Perry Simpson, an intern in the AHC Public Relations and Communications Office. For media interviews, please contact Amanda Harper.
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UC Health University Hospital Achieves Quality Accreditation for All Imaging Services

CINCINNATI—UC Health University Hospital-based imaging services have received accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR) for all types of diagnostic imaging—an honor UC Health holds exclusively in the Cincinnati area. 

"ACR accreditation is a guarantee to patients that they will receive the benefits of unprecedented quality in imaging equipment, highly trained personnel and a stern quality control program,” says Arthur Ray Morton, the senior medical physicist at University Hospital who led the accreditation review. 

The accreditation applies to imaging services at University Hospital as well as two outpatient imaging centers located on the University of Cincinnati campus—the UC Health University Hospital Imaging Center and UC Health Varsity Village Imaging Center. Services include mammography, breast ultrasound, stereotactic breast biopsy, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging, breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine gamma cameras, positron emission tomography (PET) and ultrasound.

The Food and Drug Administration requires that all facilities providing mammography be accredited by the ACR to receive certification under the Mammography Quality Standards Act. Outpatient imaging centers offering advanced imaging modalities—including nuclear medicine, MRI, PET, and CT—must achieve ACR accreditation by January 2012 in order to comply with the Medical Improvements for Patients and Providers Act. Accreditation for all other imaging modalities offered in a hospital setting is voluntary. 

University Hospital was the first ACR-accredited breast imaging Center of Excellence in Cincinnati. It remains the only facility in Cincinnati accredited for breast MRI. 

 "This is not only about giving the best care. It’s setting standards for the physicians, the technologists and the physicists that support the program to ensure those care expectations are met, if not exceeded,” says Morton. "They have minimum accreditation, training, and continuing education requirements. This sets the standards for care.”

ACR accreditation is a continual process and imaging facilities must reapply for the accreditation every three years. ACR-accredited facilities must maintain defined standards for the full three-year accreditation, and then go through the entire process again after the accredited term.

"The ACR sets a high threshold for quality—everything from daily calibration to radiation dose exposure in each modality must adhere to the ACR’s standards,” adds Michael Regg, clinical operations manager for the University of Cincinnati Physicians radiology practice.

 "When patients see the ACR accreditation seal, they know that that the site has met very high standards for equipment, personnel, and quality of images,” adds Jannette Collins, MD, Ben Felson Professor and Chair of Radiology at the UC College of Medicine.

For more information on UC Health imaging centers, visit ucphysicians.com

* This story was written by Perry Simpson, an intern in the AHC Public Relations and Communications Office.


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