JAMESTOWN - WCA Hospital 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 noninvasive medical test that utilizes magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.
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 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.
"Our patients are our top priority and we make every effort to provide an outstanding service in a comfortable, patient-centered environment," Tammara Hodges, WCA Hospital Director of Imaging Services, said. "Our accreditation validates the hard work of our physicians and staff to provide superior care and assures our patients and families that our image quality, staff, and technology have passed a very rigorous evaluation in the pursuit of patient care excellence."
From left, Tammara L. C. Hodges, Director of Imaging at WCA Hospital; Lyndon Gritters, MD, board-certified radiologist on staff at WCA Hospital; Holly Gatto, RT Insight Manager MRI Manager at WCA; Kendra Fitzpatrick, MRI Technologist.
The MRI Imaging Center, located at the Center For Imaging & Medical Arts at WCA, offers impressive image quality and fast scan times utilizing state-of-the-art high-field 1.5 Tesla technology. The technology was created to enhance patient comfort with a maximum feeling of openness and ultra-fast imaging capabilities. Shorter scan times can help reduce patient anxiety, especially with children.
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.
To schedule an MRI test, call (716)664-8MRI. To learn more about WCA Hospital accreditations, visit www.wcahospital.org.