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Fall River, MA – Saint Anne’s Hospital Diagnostic Imaging Services has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in computed tomography (CT) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
CT scanning, sometimes called CAT scanning, is a medical test that helps physicians to diagnose and tailor treatments for various medical conditions. It is especially useful in showing bone, soft tissue, and blood vessels, with pictures taken in “slices.” Each picture or “slice” shows only a few layers of body tissue at a time. Multiple CT images can be combined to produce a 3D (three-dimensional) picture that can provide extra information. CT exams can be used to verify the presence or absence of tumors, infection, or other changes in the body resulting from trauma or other conditions.
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.
Peter Gordon, MD, FACR, chairman of Diagnostic Imaging Services at Saint Anne’s Hospital and chairman of Radiology Services at Good Samaritan Medical Center, noted that the hospital’s ACR gold seal accreditation for both adult and pediatric scans reflects the expertise and experience of the hospital’s CT team of radiologists and technologists.
“ACR accreditation is a valuable indication of our team’s dedication to high quality and expertise,” said Dr. Gordon. “We are proud of this achievement, and grateful to our physicians and technologists who provide safe, high-quality care to our patients of all ages.”
For more information about Saint Anne’s Hospital Diagnostic Imaging Services, visit www.SaintAnnesHospital.org.
The American College of Radiology 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.
Saint Anne’s Hospital is a community hospital with comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, and emergency care services, serving adults and children in southeastern Massachusetts and nearby Rhode Island. Founded in 1906 by the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation, Saint Anne's Hospital is a member of Steward Health Care, the second largest health care system in New England. Saint Anne’s specialized centers and services include Saint Anne’s Hospital Regional Cancer Care; the Robert F. Stoico/FIRSTFED Center for Breast Care; Caritas Diabetes Care Program; the Center for Pain Management; geriatric psychiatry; pediatrics (including inpatient care and specialty outpatient medical, behavioral and developmental care through the Fernandes Center for Children & Families); adult and pediatric rehabilitation; cardiovascular care; and primary care.
Steward Health Care is the largest community-based accountable care organization and community hospital network in New England. Headquartered in Boston, Steward has more than 13,000 employees serving more than one million patients annually in 85 communities. Hospitals in the system include Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, Norwood Hospital, Carney Hospital in Dorchester, Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, Merrimack Valley Hospital in Haverhill, and Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer. Other Steward Health Care entities include Steward Physician Network, Caritas Hospice and Home Care, Labouré College, and Por Cristo.