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WCA Earns Computed Tomography (CT) Accreditation

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From left, Lyndon Gritters, MD, board-certified radiologist on staff at WCA Hospital and Radiology Chairman ; Tammara Hodges, WCA Imaging Director ; Tom Anderson, CT/Special Procedures Technologist ; Donna Hiller, CT/Special Procedures Technologist ; Janet Larsen, Sr. Staff Radiologic Technologist QA/QC ; Gail Borst, Radiology R.N. ; Donald Lunz, CT/Special Procedures Technologist ; Scott Johnson, CT/Special Procedures Technologist ; Vince Messina, Sr. Staff Technologist CT/Special Procedures.

Jamestown, New York, (Wednesday, November 2, 2011)—WCA Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in computed tomography (CT) as the result of a recent rigorous review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). CT scanning — (also called CAT scanning) — is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and tailor treatments for various medical conditions.

“The ACR gold seal of accreditation acknowledges to our patients that they are receiving care that meets the highest level of national standards for imaging quality and safety, as well as, the expertise of our physicians and staff who are truly committed to excellence in patient care,” said Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO. 

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.

 “A CT scan uses x-rays to produce a three-dimensional image of the human body,” says Lyndon Gritters, MD, board certified radiologist on staff at WCA Hospital, and chairman of the Radiology Department at WCA.  “These images can be manipulated and interpreted by physicians to detect disease, guide biopsies, and plan surgeries.

Reducing radiation dose has been a focus for radiology and Cat Scan for several years.  WCA Hospital makes every effort to assure that the radiation dose is as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA).  Special pediatric settings are used to lower the radiation dose for children.  In an effort to reduce exposure to the breasts of young female patients during Chest CT examinations, Bismuth shields are also utilized.  In addition, WCA Hospital has implemented a Smart Ma Program from General Electric to take a proactive step in managing and reducing patient dose.  Part of the ACR accreditation is physicist testing, where dose is evaluated.  This voluntary program also incorporates a review by physicians comparing the hospital’s dose and image quality to national standards.

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.

ACR Accreditation in radiology at WCA Hospital also includes mammography, ultrasound, PET/CT, MRI and Stereotactic Breast Biopsy.

To schedule a CT scan, call (716) 664-8440. A physician order is required.  To learn more about WCA Hospital, visit www.wcahospital.org.

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