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Following an extensive review of hospital procedures and safety measures, Cabell Huntington Hospital has received a three-year accreditation from the American College of Radiology for its nuclear medicine and PET/CT (positron emission tomography-computed tomography) services, which are used to diagnose and treat cancer and other diseases. Image quality, staff qualifications, equipment, quality control and quality assurance programs are among the areas assessed.
Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose and treat a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease and certain abnormalities within the body. PET and CT are both state-of-the-art imaging tools that allow physicians to pinpoint the location of cancer within the body before making treatment recommendations. The highly sensitive PET technology shows the biology of disorders at the molecular level, while the CT scan provides a detailed picture of the body’s internal anatomy. The PET/CT scan combines the strengths of these two well-established imaging technologies into a single scan.
“The ACR Gold Seal of Accreditation represents the highest level of quality and safety, and we are one of the few facilities in the area meeting these standards and guidelines in Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT,” said Dr. Pete Chirico, medical director of the Radiology Department at Cabell Huntington Hospital. “We are very proud of this achievement and we are very pleased to add this to our other accreditations from the American College of Radiology.”
Cabell Huntington Hospital also currently holds ACR accreditation in ultrasound, MRI, CT and mammography.