A five-month effort has resulted in Tomah Health awarded a three-year accreditation of its magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) unit by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
“This represents another milestone for Tomah Health as a result of a team effort by our Imaging staff,” said Tomah Health Imaging Coordinator Kimberly Cramblit. “The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety.”
MRI is a noninvasive medical test that utilizes magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.
Cramblit said when patients see the ACR gold seal they can rest assured that their prescribed imaging test will be done at a facility that has met the highest level of imaging quality and radiation safety. “The accreditation is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field,” Cramblit explained. “To achieve the ACR Gold Standard of Accreditation, our facility’s personnel qualifications, equipment requirements, quality assurance, and quality control procedures have gone through a rigorous review process and have met specific qualifications.”
The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.
Cramblit said the MRI accreditation is another step in assuring quality care at Tomah Health. “Last January we took the first step when we were awarded a three-year accreditation in computed tomography (CT) by the American College of Radiology. Our facility has voluntarily gone through this vigorous review process to ensure that we meet nationally-accepted standards of care.”
Founded in 1924, the ACR is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. The College serves more than 37,000 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.
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