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CT Accreditation Reflects Quality Diagnostics and Care for Area Residents

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Foothill Regional Medical Center has achieved the three-year American College of Radiology (ACR) Accreditation for computed tomography (CT) this month.

Foothill Regional Medical Center has achieved the three-year American College of Radiology (ACR) Accreditation for computed tomography (CT) this month. Quality images are important in the accurate evaluation and diagnosis of patients.

“This accreditation is evidence of our hard work in developing a great CT program here at Foothill Regional Medical Center, said Joe Sonntag, Director of Radiology. “Our patients deserve the best quality diagnostics and care.”

The American College of Radiology sets the standards for the profession’s delivery of high-quality  imaging and therapeutic care. The accreditation continues to be the gold standard in medical imaging since 1987. An accreditation by the ACR helps assure patients and providers that a healthcare facility provides the highest level of imaging quality and safety. It offers radiologists and other providers the opportunity for peer review of their facility's staff qualifications, imaging equipment, quality control and the resultant image quality.

The ACR reviews several categories prior to determining a facilities accreditation. The facilities will provide CT images of three different scans on both pediatric and adults, clinical data on each study, ACR phantom images complied by a medical physicist, equipment quality control, and its radiation safety program. The review may include an unannounced site visit during the three-year accreditation period. Accreditation is required for providers that bill for CT under part B of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.