Regional Hospital of Scranton Earns ACR Accreditation
Bottom, left to right are Mammography Technologists Victoria Sciarrino, Brenda Ives and Ann Sharpe. Top, left to right are Diana Harris, imaging services supervisor; Regional Hospital of Scranton CEO Brooks Turkel; Joseph Cassidy, director of imaging services, holding certification certificate; and Regional COO Cindy Segar-Miller.
Feb. 3, 2012 - Regional Hospital of Scranton has been awarded a three-year term of 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.
"Imaging exams should be performed at an accredited facility" says COO Cindy Segar-Miller, Regional Hospital of Scranton. "The ACR gold seals of accreditation prominently displayed in our radiology department signify that our hospital meets the standards for imaging quality and safety."
To have your mammogram performed at Regional, obtain a physician's order and call the hospital's central scheduling department at 348-7890. "Our registered mammography technologists are well-trained through certification, continuing education and experience in the process of mammography," says Joseph Cassidy, director of imaging services. "In fact, last year more than 3000 women have entrusted us with their yearly mammograms."
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.