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Nuclear Medicine, MRI at Texas Health Denton Receive Accreditation|
DENTON, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in Nuclear Medicine for both of its gamma cameras as well as for its MRI. The accreditation is the result of a survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The hospital voluntarily chose to pursue the accreditation, further demonstrating its commitment to quality patient care and safety.
"I'm very proud of our team and of the dedication they had to completing the rigorous (survey) process," said Scott Seese, director of medical imaging at Texas Health Denton. "We strive for excellence in all that we do."
The ACR awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. They assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of facility equipment.
Nuclear medicine is a field that can almost seem like science fiction. However, Seese explained that it is really very straightforward.
"In most imaging modalities, we send energy into the body," he said. "For example, an MRI sends a pulse, an ultrasound sends sound waves and CT/Radiography sends x-rays. In nuclear medicine, it is almost the opposite."
Nuclear medicine uses small amounts of radioactive material called a radiopharmaceutical or a radiotracer, which is injected into a vein or swallowed and then travels to the intended organ. The gamma camera works together with a computer to measure the amount of radiotracer, or energy, absorbed by the body and then it produces special pictures that offer details on both the structure and function of organs and other internal body parts that clinicians cannot obtain by other methods.
Nuclear medicine procedures are most commonly performed to:
To learn more about nuclear medicine procedures, visit TexasHealth.org.
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