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CT scanner at Olean General receives three-year national accreditation

Posted on: 06/16/2010

Olean General Hospital’s 64-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner has proven its performance accuracy by receiving a second consecutive three-year accreditation from a peer-reviewed survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

The accreditation shows Olean General’s CT scanner and staff are performing at the highest possible levels to ensure patients’ diagnostic images are clear and precise, and are being interpreted accurately for effective therapy treatments.

“ACR accreditation is the most established and well-respected form of credentialing that can be obtained. By having this credential we meet or exceed the highest standards that would ever be expected from an institution,” said Alexandra Wesley, M.D., a radiologist who’s also site director at OGH’s Radiology Services.

The ACR, headquartered in Reston, Va., awards accreditation to facilities for achieving high-practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of its practice. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field, stated Shawn Farley, ACR’s director of public affairs. They assess image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs.

The surveyors report their findings to ACR’s Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the healthcare facility with a comprehensive report.

­“Being accredited sets the standard for quality images and diagnostics,” said Helen Layman, RT (R), (N), (M), NMTCB, director of Imaging and Radiation Services at OGH. “It also holds our staff to a quality standard for good patient care,” she added.

“Olean General volunteered to go through the rigorous review process to be sure we meet nationally accepted standards,” Ms. Layman said, noting the hospital underwent four months of protocol reviews by ACR.

This is the second time Olean General received a three-year accreditation from ACR.

Olean General has had its 64-slice CT scanner since 2006, said Ms. Layman.

For patients requiring a CT scan, and in particular those needing a cardiac, brain or peripheral vascular examination, the Siemens SOMATOM Sensation 64-slice CT enables radiologists to see more anatomical detail in a fraction of the time previously required with a conventional CT. Olean General’s 64-slice CT scanner simplifies sophisticated cardiovascular and brain examinations, making them non-invasive and pain-free.

ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 32,000 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 healthcare services.

Olean General Hospital and Bradford Regional Medical Center are members of Upper Allegheny Health System.

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