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ACR Accreditation Nuclear Medicine

Chester County Hospital earned accreditation for its Nuclear Cardiology Laboratory as the result of volunteering to be reviewed by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the national accrediting body for radiology and its sub-specialties.

Nuclear Medicine is a specialized area of radiology that uses pharmaceuticals attached to a small quantity of a radioactive material to diagnose and treat diseases on a cellular level in many different organs and/or systems of the body. It is a safe and painless imaging technology that stresses functionality over structure. Nuclear Medicine detects signals from small amounts of radioactive material within the body to provide information about medical problems based on how parts of the body are functioning.

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.

Last Updated: 2/26/2014