August 20, 2012
Lee’s Summit Medical Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in four areas of medical imaging as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The services earning accreditation are nuclear medicine, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT). Lee’s Summit Medical Center is part of HCA Midwest Health System—Kansas City’s largest healthcare network and private-sector employer—and is a full-service, award-winning hospital with multiple awards from the American Heart Association.
Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material ingested by the patient to diagnose and treat a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease and other abnormalities within the body.
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.
MRI is a noninvasive medical test that uses magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.
CT or computed tomography is a medical imaging procedure that uses computer-processed X-rays to produce images that are 'slices' of specific areas of the body. These cross-sectional images are used for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes in various medical disciplines.
The ACR gold seal of accreditation for Lee’s Summit Medical Center represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety for nuclear medicine, MRI, ultrasound and CT scanning. This accreditation 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 hospital is proud to earn this level of accreditation for the imaging services we provide to patients and their physicians,” says Tracy Thellman, Lee’s Summit Medical Center director of imaging services. “Quality and service are pillars of the care we deliver.”
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.