The Radiology Department at McLeod Medical Center Dillon has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in computed tomography (CT) as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR). CT scanning — sometimes called CAT scanning — is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and tailor treatments for various medical conditions.
A CT scan takes detailed pictures of the organs inside the body. These pictures are taken from many angles around the body and made into a cross-section, or "slices" of body tissues and organs.
The CT department at McLeod Medical Center Dillon has a multi-slice scanner. This scanner allows for faster and more detailed scans, and operates two-to-four times faster than conventional scanners.
The CT provides a wide range of scans including Abdomen and Pelvis, CT Guided Biopsies, Chest, CT Angiography, Head and Neck, and Sinus.
The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It 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.
The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 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.