Pacific Imaging Center Earns ACR Accreditation
Pacific Imaging Center (PIC) of Longview was recently awarded a three-year accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The evaluation was conducted by board certified physicians and medical physicists who specialize in radiology.
“We were well above ACR’s minimum standards in every area,” said Jack Berry, RT, Director of MRI Services at PIC.
PIC was required to submit documents and a series of MRI scans (lumbar spine, cervical spine, knee, and brain) to demonstrate that site procedures meet ACR standards. Board-certified physicist Urick Szumowski, Ph. D., of MRI Physics Consulting then visited PIC on two occasions to conduct an initial evaluation. After Szumowski submitted his findings to the ACR, an ACR physicist and radiologist reviewed PIC’s application and conducted the final evaluation.
“I found Pacific Imaging to be exceptionally well-maintained and organized,” Szumowski said. “The facility met all ACR specifications, passed the accreditation process on the first submission, and is performing all required daily and weekly quality control tests.”
Berry said it is becoming increasingly common for insurance companies to require imaging facility’s to earn accreditation. In addition, a number of states – including New Jersey, New York, California, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Ohio, and Arkansas – either require accreditation or are in the process of doing so.
“When PIC opened in 2006, we set the bar very high in three areas – image quality, patient service, and the comfort and accessibility of the facility,” Berry said. “The results of the ACR evaluation confirm that we are meeting or exceeding our expectations where images quality is concerned, and I believe we are also doing very well in the other areas.”
Pacific Imaging Center is located at Pacific Surgical Institute at 625 9th Avenue in Longview.