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    Rome Memorial Hospital Earns 3-year MRI Accreditation

    Achievement represents highest standard of care  

     Dec. 5, 2011

    ROME -- Rome Memorial Hospital has been awarded a three-year accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for its Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) services, announced Medical Imaging Director Sharon Carson.

    “ACR accreditation acknowledges that our patients receive the best possible images, using the latest technology with the highest safety measures,” Carson said. “We congratulate our MRI staff led by Supervisor Craig Pole RT (R) MR, and Medical Imaging Department Chairman Dr. John Restivo.”

    Rome Memorial Hospital was awarded accreditation for its achievement of high standards after a peer-review evaluation of the hospital’s protocols and best practices. Over a 45-day period, evaluations of actual MRI cases, image quality, technology and equipment were conducted by independent board certified radiologists who are experts in the field, according to Pole. The ACR also highlights the qualifications of personnel and the skills of the radiologists in interpreting MRI images, as well as the facility’s quality assurance program.

    “This accomplishment is punctuated by the fact that we received a 100% rating in every area of assessment,” Pole said. “It is a stringent and challenging process.”

    “Patients come to Rome Memorial Hospital’s Diagnostic Center with confidence that we have set the bar high for imaging excellence and patient safety and maintain the standards set, not only by the ACR, but by Rome Memorial Hospital,” he continued.

    The hospital’s high definition MRI technology uses computers and magnetic fields for neurological, vascular, musculoskeletal and breast exams. According to ACR, the gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety.

    Headquartered in Reston, VA., the ACR is the principal organization of radiologists, radiation oncologists, and clinical medical physicists in the United States. The College is a nonprofit professional society whose primary purposes are to advance the science of radiology, improve radiologic services to the patient, study the socioeconomic aspects of the practice of radiology, and encourage continuing education for radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, and persons practicing in allied professional fields.

    “This accreditation is a strong indicator to patients that our images and the personnel who work in the department are of top-notch quality,” Carson added. “This is a stringent process and very challenging to pass. Every detail has to be perfect.”

    In addition to MRI accreditation, Rome Memorial Hospital also holds accreditation for its digital mammography services.

    Rome Memorial Hospital provides MRI services at the hospital’s Diagnostic Center, 1500 North James St. The Central Outpatient Scheduling Office at 338-7338 can make appointments with a physician’s order.