Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in ultrasound as the result of an extensive review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Ultrasound imaging, also known as sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of internal body parts to help providers diagnose illness, injury, or other medical problems.
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, following a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.
“We are very excited to receive this accreditation because it means our facility and treatment team have gone through a comprehensive review and met nationally recognized standards of care. Patients receive care performed by well qualified staff and physicians ensuring the best possible images for their diagnosis and treatment,” states Anna Macek, Imaging Services Director. “Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital is dedicated to quality of care and patient safety. Earning this accreditation distinctly recognizes the hospital for outstanding quality for ultrasound services,” Ms. Macek concluded.
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.
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.