Methodist Germantown Earns Nuclear Medicine Accreditation

Published On 08/02/2012

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Three-year Gold Seal accreditation awarded by American College of Radiology

Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital 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, injected or 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. 

“We commend our team for their efforts in achieving ACR accreditation,” said William Kenley, CEO, Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital. “This accreditation demonstrates our commitment to providing our patients with the highest level of care.” 

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. 

Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital is also accredited in ultrasound. Through the ACR, the Methodist Breast Center has earned the designation of a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by achieving accreditation in all breast imaging modalities. 

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.