Pacific Imaging Center Earns ACR Accreditation
Pacific Imaging Center recently received accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR).
“Every three years we go through a rigorous application process that includes submitting staff qualifications and licenses,” said Jack Berry, Director of Imaging Services at PIC. “But the key element is that we must submit images from our scanner that meet or exceed ACR standards.”
Areas of focus include image resolution, proper positioning of patients, facility safety and cleanliness, ongoing staff training, and adherence to policies and procedures established by the ACR and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
“Our goal is to provide the best possible outcome for patients,” Berry said. “We’re always working to ensure that both our image quality and the entire patient experience are at the highest level.”
As part of the accreditation process, board-certified physicist Urick Szumowski, Ph. D., of Health Physics Northwest visited PIC to conduct an assessment to guarantee that the facility’s scanner is functioning at or above specifications.
Szumowski’s findings were reviewed by an ACR physicist, after which an ACR radiologist reviewed PIC’s application and conducted an evaluation of image quality.
“More and more insurances and L & I (Labor and Industries) providers are requiring imaging centers to be certified by one of the national accreditation bodies,” Berry said.
Pacific Imaging Center is located at 625 9th Avenue in Longview at Pacific Surgical Institute. Call (360) 501-3444 for more information.