BMH Imaging Services Department receives ACR accreditation

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Beaufort Memorial Hospital once again has been awarded the gold seal of accreditation for its CT and MRI services, following an extensive review by experts in the field of medical imaging. The accreditation is good for a term of three years.

Presented by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the prestigious designation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting the national organization’s practice guidelines and technical standards.

As part of the re-accreditation process, a panel of board-certified physicians and physicists conducted a thorough assessment of the BMH Imaging Center and reported the findings to the ACR Committee on Accreditation. The evaluation included image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs.

“This accreditation reflects Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s continued commitment to providing the highest quality of care here in the Lowcountry,” BMH Advanced Imaging Supervisor Matthew Hurtt said.

The nonprofit hospital offers a wide range of screening and diagnostic services, including MRI and CT scans and advanced 3-D tomosynthesis screening mammography. The Outpatient Imaging Center is located on the first floor of Beaufort Medical Plaza, providing a convenient and comfortable setting for outpatient testing.

Last year, the ACR designated Beaufort Memorial’s Women’s Imaging Center a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. To earn the accreditation, you have to go above and beyond the mandated mammography certification and achieve accreditation in stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.

The hospital went through the rigorous application process voluntarily to ensure patients are receiving the best care from screening to diagnosis.

For more information on Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s imaging services or to schedule appointments in Beaufort or Bluffton call 843-522-5144 or visit www.bmhsc.org.

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.