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December 6, 2013

Fisher-Titus Awarded Nuclear Medicine Accreditation

Fisher-Titus Medical Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in nuclear medicine following a recent survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

“We have been accredited since 2001 and were the first nuclear medicine department in Ohio to achieve this honor,” said James Schepers, Fisher-Titus Medical Center’s lead technologist of nuclear medicine.

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 Guidelines 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 they can use for continuous practice improvement.

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 Medical Center’s nuclear medicine department is under the direction of Dr. William Ferber and includes three certified nuclear medicine technologists. In 2012, 1351 tests were performed at Fisher-Titus and included cardiac stress scans, PET scans, bone scans, lung scans and thyroid tests.

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Fisher-Titus Medical Center recently was awarded a three-year term of accreditation in nuclear medicine following a recent survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Members of Fisher-Titus Medical Center’s Nuclear Medicine Department includes (front, from left) certified nuclear medicine technologists Kalie Thompson and Kristen Schaefer and lead technologist James Schepers; (back, from left) Karen Darr, Director of Imaging Services and Dr. William Ferber, chief radiologist.