Published on February 06, 2017

Firelands Regional Medical Center Receives ACR Accreditation in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

February 6, 2017 – Sandusky, OH -- Firelands Regional Medical Center recently received accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) from the American College of Radiology (ACR). This accreditation is for a three-year term.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. Accreditation is granted if the facility has met all of the testing criteria established by the ACR Committee on MRI Accreditation for clinical image quality and phantom image quality.

Standardized scoring procedures were used in the review of all images and data submitted for evaluation, including:
1.The clinical images must be passed by two radiologist reviewers in order to receive accreditation. During the review, image quality categories are scored for each required sequence.
2.The phantom images are scored and evaluated by a medical physicist, using standardized evaluation methods. The submitted discs, filmed phantom images, pulse sequence parameters and measured phantom results must the judged to be adequate.

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. 

The ACR 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.

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