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 St. Mary’s awarded gold seal of accreditation for MRI services

St. Mary’s Medical Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). MRI is a non-invasive medical test that utilizes magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

“St. Mary’s has always offered exceptional patient care and this is just another example of our dedication to quality and service,” Fred Kirby, director of radiology at St. Mary’s, said. “Our MRI department is proud to have achieved this recognition and wants to assure patients that they will continue to receive the best possible care at St. Mary’s.”  

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. The recognition is given only to facilities that meet ACR practice guidelines and technical standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. 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.