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Texas Health Cleburne is Reaccredited by American College of Radiology|
CLEBURNE, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne’s radiology department recently earned reaccreditation status for computed tomography (CT) scans in adults and pediatric patients. The accreditation comes three years after the hospital’s initial accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR).
“Achieving the ACR Gold Seal of Accreditation shows an ongoing commitment to the quality and safety of our CT exams,” said Lee Lennington, radiology director.
The CT accreditation program involves the acquisition of clinical and phantom images, dose measurements, submission of scanning protocols, personnel qualifications and equipment performance. According to Randall Ratliff, a CT certified radiology technician at Texas Health Cleburne, it took about a month to gather all the necessary documents, which included the review of numerous patient cases completed within the last six months. Ratliff added that three patient exams or cases were included in the submission packet to the ACR for review.
“It involves a lot of work,” said Ratliff, who also helped the hospital achieve its first accreditation status. “It doesn’t matter if it’s your first time or if you’re seeking reaccreditation – it’s going to be challenging. But I’m also jumping up and down, because at the same time, it’s so rewarding.”
“This recent reaccreditation speaks to the hospital’s dedication to proactively addressing the needs of our patients,” said Blake Kretz, FACHE, Texas Health Cleburne president. “It also highlights and honors the hard work done daily by our compassionate radiology team.”
Keeping patient safety top of mind and proper exam dosage plays an integral part in the ACR’s CT accreditation program.
“The accreditation helps ensure image and interpretation quality and also helps to minimize the dosage of radiation given per patient,” said Ron Alexander, M.D., medical director of Texas Health Cleburne’s radiology department and a radiologist on the hospital’s medical staff.
Used for a multitude of conditions, CT scans help diagnose cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease and trauma. The hospital’s reaccreditation lasts until Jan. 20, 2016.
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