Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal has been awarded three-year terms of accreditation in Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and in Nuclear Medicine as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Advocate BroMenn is the only hospital in Bloomington-Normal to earn these accreditations in both general and cardiac imaging.
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 practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.
“These accreditations are a testimony to what can be achieved when you combine highly qualified personnel with state-of-the-art equipment,” said Dr. Jonathan Foss, a radiologist with Bloomington Radiology and chairman of the Radiology Department at BroMenn. “BroMenn patients can be assured that their prescribed imaging test is being done at a facility that has met the highest standard of imaging quality and radiation safety.”
CT scanning — sometimes called CAT scanning — is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and tailor treatments for various medical conditions. Magnetic Resonance or (MRI) is a non-radiation medical imaging that utilizes high field strength magnetic for imaging various medical conditions. 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 is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 diagnostic/interventional 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.