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Published on November 01, 2010

CKHS Radiology Departments Receive PET Reaccreditation from the American College of Radiology

The Positron Emission Tomography (PET) units of Springfield Hospital and Crozer Medical Plaza at Brinton Lake recently received a three-year reaccreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Delaware County Memorial Hospital, whose three-year accreditation period is ending this year, has applied for their reaccreditation as well.

PET is a nuclear medicine imaging technique that produces a three-dimensional image or picture of functional processes in the body. The reaccreditation is granted for three years.

“This reaccreditation proves that Crozer-Keystone provides state-of-the-art care in our imaging services,” says Joseph Stock, M.D., chairman of the Department of Radiology at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. “This accreditation assures our patients that PET services provided by Crozer-Keystone hospitals meet nationally recognized standards of quality and patient safety.”

“To be accredited by the ACR, each department must follow a strict process that includes the review of the machines’ image quality,” says Thomas DiLiberto, D.O., chairman of the Department of Radiology at Delaware County Memorial Hospital. “Patients can rest assured that they are receiving the highest quality scans that they can hope to be given.”

PET/CT is a nuclear medicine imaging technique that produces a three-dimensional image or picture of functional processes in the body. This information is fused with the anatomic information provided by CT. 

Whole-body PET/CT is primarily used for the diagnosis and staging of cancer and monitoring the effect of different types of therapy (including chemotherapy and radiation therapy). PET/CT of the brain is also used for diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and to assess for recurrence of brain tumors. These studies are routinely performed within Crozer-Keystone. 

The ACR 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 specially trained in the field of PET. They assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of the facility equipment. The surveyors report their findings to the ACR’s Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report.

Crozer-Keystone has a mobile PET/CT machine that is available at Springfield Hospital, Delaware County Memorial Hospital and the Southeast Medical Imaging Center at the Crozer Medical Plaza at Brinton Lake. To learn more about PET/CT scans, visit http://ckpetscan.crozer.org. To schedule an appointment, call 1-866-5-CK-XRAY (1-866-525-9729).

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