RUSHVILLE — Rush Memorial Hospital has been awarded accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.
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.
According to Rush Memorial’s Imaging Department director Terry Aker, “With the purchase of our new digital mammography system, our highly trained staff including our board certified radiologist, Dr. Fields and our radiographic technologists recently completed advanced training in digital mammography in order for our department to pass the accreditation standards.” Aker added, “All of our technologists are licensed by the State of Indiana and are registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.”
The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 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.
“Our staff is committed to always improving patient care at Rush Memorial Hospital. Congratulations to Terry Aker, Dr. Fields and staff who have worked very hard to accomplish this accreditation goal,” said Rush Memorial Hospital President/CEO Brad Smith.
– Rushville Republican, March 12, 2013