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Imaging Sciences Receives ACR Accreditation

Monday, October 13, 2008

Two of the Rochester region’s most advanced imaging equipment recently earned accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR).The PET/CT scanner and the 3T MRI, both located at the University of Rochester Medical Center’s University Imaging at Science Park, passed the rigorous testing standards put forth by the national organization.

The ACR awards accreditation after an intense evaluation of the practice by board-certified radiologists and other experts in the field. Evaluators assess the image quality, qualifications of the personnel, and the operational excellence of the equipment and facility overall. The process can take up to one year to complete, and includes hundreds of hours of on-site preparation work.

Over the past few years, accreditation by ACR has become increasingly important in establishing best practices and standards for imaging. Currently, all MRI and CT machines at Strong Memorial Hospital are accredited, with the exception of the recently installed 1T open MRI, just installed earlier this year. That machine is set to be reviewed by ACR in upcoming months.

The Department of Imaging Sciences at URMC provides a comprehensive portfolio of imaging services to the Rochester region. Since 2005, the Department has installed the region’s first PET/CT scanner, the first 3T MRI scanner for clinical use, and the area's first hospital-based open MRI with the Ambient Experience. Each year, nearly 500 faculty and staff members conduct more than 350,000 patient scans in a wide spectrum of imaging modalities.

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