Forrest General offers a wide range of radiologic services, including:
- Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS)
- Computed radiography
- Digital radiography
- Powerscribe Voice Recognition
- 3.0T and 1.5T Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- 64- and 16-Slice Computerized Tomography (CT)
- Abdominal and peripheral interventional special procedures
- Non-invasive vascular ultrasound
Forrest General Radiology Receives ICANL Accreditation
Cardiovascular diseases, which are disorders of the heart and blood vessels, are the number one cause of death in the United States. Fortunately, early detection of life threatening heart disorders and other diseases is possible through the use of nuclear cardiology procedures. The Nuclear Medicine Department at Forrest General has been granted a three year term of accreditation in Nuclear Cardiology by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories (ICANL).
Many factors contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on nuclear cardiology testing. These factors include the skill of the nuclear medicine technologist, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician and quality assurance measures. Accreditation by the ICANL means that Forrest General has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The ICANL grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, incompliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process, including a detailed case study review.
The seal of approval that accompanies ICANL accreditation means patients can rest assured that the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of nuclear medicine.
In June 2009, Forrest General was awarded a three-year accreditation in Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Services by the American College of Radiology (ACR). This accreditation demonstrates a commitment to quality patient care and provides confidence for patients and referring physicians that accredited organizations are the best choice for care. This accreditation is also recognized by most insurance companies as the mark of a quality health care source.
The ACR, headquartered in Reston, Va., awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. They assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of facility equipment. The surveyors report their findings to the ACR's Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report.
The ACR is a national organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic and interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists and nuclear medicine and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.
For more information on Forrest General's available radiology services, call FGH OnCall at 1-800-844-4445, then press 1, from 2 - 10 p.m., 7 days a week, or send an e-mail.
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