What should I know about radiation safety?
Before your imaging procedure ask your physician the following questions:
• Why is this test needed?
• How will having this test improve my care?
• Are there alternatives that do not use radiation and can deliver similar results?
• Is the facility accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR)?
• Are pediatric and adult tests delivered using appropriate radiation doses?
Why should I have my imaging exam done at an accredited facility?
When you see the gold seals of accreditation prominently displayed in our imaging facilities, you can be sure that you are in a facility that meets the standards of image quality and safety. Look for the ACR Gold Seals of Accreditation.
To achieve the ACR Gold Seal of Accreditation, our facilities’ personnel qualifications, equipment requirements, quality assurance, and quality control procedures have gone through a rigorous review process and have met specific qualifications. It’s important for patients to know that every aspect of ACR accreditation process is overseen by board-certified, expert, radiologists and medical physicists in advanced diagnostic imaging.
What does ACR accreditation mean?
Our facility has voluntarily gone through a rigorous review process to ensure that we meet nationally accepted standards of care.
Our personnel are well qualified, through education and certification, to perform medical imaging, interpret your images, and administer your radiation therapy treatments.
Our equipment is appropriate for the test or treatment you will receive, and our facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines
What does the gold seal mean?
When you see the ACR gold seal you can rest assure that your prescribed imaging test will be done at a facility that has met the highest level of imaging quality and radiation safety. The facility and its personnel have gone through a comprehensive review to earn accreditation status by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the largest and oldest imaging accrediting body in the U.S. and a professional organization of 34,000 physicians.