Lake Huron Medical Center (LHMC) has been awarded a three-year term of
accreditation in nuclear medicine as the result of a recent review by
the American College of Radiology (ACR). Nuclear medicine is a branch
of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material, ingested
by the patient, to diagnose and treat a variety of disease, including
many types of cancers, heart disease and certain other abnormalities within the body.
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 Parameters 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 that
can be used for continuous practice improvement.
The ACR, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to
serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to
advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. The
College serves more than 37,000 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.