NEWNAN, Ga. (May 24, 2011)—The Piedmont Newnan Hospital Outpatient Center has been awarded its second ACR accreditation, a three-year term of accreditation in breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided biopsy, as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). It is also ACR accredited in mammography. Ultrasound imaging is a noninvasive medical test that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and better treat medical conditions. Ultrasound imaging of the breast produces a picture of the internal structures of the breast.
“The Piedmont Outpatient Center is focused on providing the very best in patient care and clinical quality to our patients,” said Rhonda Winkles, Piedmont Outpatient Center coordinator. “This new accreditation in the area of breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided biopsy, in addition to our accreditation in mammography, further exhibits our commitment to taking excellent care of those who entrust us with their care.”
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 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.
The Piedmont Outpatient Center is located at the Summit Healthplex on Highway 34 East. For more information on the Piedmont Outpatient Center, visit piedmontnewnan.org.