Strong Memorial Hospital's Obstetrics and Gynecology Ultrasound Practice Receives Unique Accreditation

October 29, 1996

Strong Memorial Hospital's Obstetrics and Gynecology Ultrasound Practice has received accreditation from the Ultrasound Practice Accreditation Commission of the American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine (AIUM). According to the AIUM, Strong's practice is the only one in upstate New York to receive this accreditation, which places it among a select few practices in the nation to meet stringent accreditation standards in ob/gyn ultrasound.

Falling within Strong Memorial Hospital's Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, the OB/GYN Ultrasound Practice plays a crucial role in managing both high-risk and low-risk pregnancies and the diagnosis of gynecological disorders. Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, the OB/GYN Ultrasound Practice performs approximately 10,000 scans each year: 8,500 scans for pregnancy, 1,500 for gynecological diagnosis.

"This accreditation serves to assure patients, their referring physicians, and third-party payers that our practice meets the highest standards for quality care and expertise in the science of ultrasound," says Jacques S. Abramowicz, M.D., associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and radiology, and director of the Ultrasound Practice at Strong Memorial Hospital. "I'm very proud of my colleagues and co-workers for what they have achieved in earning this accreditation, and for the high quality of care they deliver each and every day."

About Ultrasound

Ultrasound technology, based on the utilization of sound waves to create computer-driven images, is non-invasive and considered perfectly safe for mother and unborn child.

Every pregnant woman can benefit from ultrasound, which provides diagnostic images of a baby in the mother's womb from soon after conception and throughout the pregnancy and enables exact pregnancy dating, early diagnosis of twins, diagnosis of fetal anomalies and estimation of fetal weight, and visualization of the placenta in cases of bleeding.

Gynecological applications of ultrasound permit the safe and painless imaging of the non-pregnant uterus and ovaries for investigation of disorders such as irregular bleeding, pelvic pain, or suspicion of the presence of a mass in the ovaries.

More About AIUM Accreditation

Participation in AIUM's accreditation program is voluntary. To receive accreditation, the entire practice is reviewed, including the practice's personnel, the physical facilities, the documentation and storage and record keeping practices, quality assurance, and how the practice meets AIUM's standards.

The goal and purpose of the accreditation program is the reassurance that accreditation provides by mandating that all ultrasound examinations performed by accredited practices are performed by medical professionals and in a setting that meet AIUM standards.

Editors and reporters: Ultrasound is just one aspect of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine's expertise, which also includes the management and delivery of high-risk mothers and fetuses, a teaching by fax program available to obstetrics units in hospitals across the state and nation (more than 140 OB units in 36 states currently participate), and high-tech innovations in sending and receiving ultrasound images via fiberoptic networks and, in the foreseeable future, the Internet. For more information, contact Bob Loeb at 275-3676.

Note: Another contact is the AIUM's Accreditation Department, located at 14750 Sweitzer Lane, Suite 100, Laurel, Maryland 20707 The telephone number is (301) 498-4100.

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