Awards and AccreditationInpatient Imaging Services Receives Accreditation
Washoe Med’s Inpatient Imaging Services Receives Accreditation from the American College of Radiology
Reno, Nev. (June 7, 2006)- Washoe Med announced today that it is one of only 12 facilities in Nevada to be awarded a three-year term of accreditation for inpatient ultrasound. The accreditation is a result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology.
“We’re very pleased to have received this accreditation,” said Christine Meyers, Ultrasound Supervisor for Washoe Medical Center’s Inpatient Imaging Services. “It’s a demonstration of the hard work and commitment of our exceptional staff. Patients and physicians can have confidence that they are receiving the highest quality diagnostics available.”
Diagnostic Ultrasound imaging uses high frequency sound waves to create images of the soft tissue organs and vascular structures in the body. This method of imaging is completely safe, patient friendly and requires little or no patient preparation. A warm gel is applied to the patient's skin surface and the sonographer uses a variety of hand-held probes to scan the area(s) of interest.
The American College of Radiology (ACR) awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. They assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of facility equipment. They surveyors report their findings to the ACR’s Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report.
About the American College of Radiology:
The ACR is a national organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic –interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, and nuclear medicine and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.
About Washoe Med Imaging Services:
Washoe Med’s Imaging Services is the region's leading provider of diagnostic imaging services offering multiple convenient locations, great customer service, and superior technology for greater treatment decisions and increased patient outcomes.
Washoe Medical Center’s Imaging Services offers some of the most advanced diagnostic and treatment imaging technology in the area. Washoe Med has the region’s only dedicated PET/CT scanning system that allows physicians to find cancer earlier, pinpoint the location and determine the extent of the disease more easily. Imaging Services also offers High-field Open MRI, a more comfortable alternative for children and claustrophobic or large patients. Washoe Med also has exclusive biplane angiography technology, which allows a highly skilled interventional neuroradiologist to see three-dimensional images of the brain and treat stroke victims with minimally invasive techniques.