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April 12, 2018

Fisher-Titus Medical Center Earns Three-Year Accreditation in CT

4-18 ct staff acrFisher-Titus Medical Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in computed tomography (CT) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). CT scanning — sometimes called CAT scanning — is a non-invasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and tailor treatments for various medical conditions.

“We are honored to achieve this accreditation,” said Dr. William Ferber, Fisher-Titus Chief of Imaging Services. “The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety.”

Fisher-Titus has a state-of-the-art 128-slice CT scanner, which was introduced in Imaging Services in 2016, that provides improved image quality and faster speeds.

“The 128-slice CT enables fast and confident diagnosis, especially in examining patients with acute chest pain, abdominal pain, and suspicions of stroke,” Dr. Ferber said.

This 128-slice scanner introduces several innovative features providing the means to minimize dose and take best care of our patients' well-being.”

The scanner also offers patient low-dose CT screenings for lung cancer.

“While these screenings were available with our former 64-slice scanner, the increased speed and image quality of this new scanner offers patients and their physicians an even greater chance at detecting this disease at its earliest stages using even lower doses of radiation,” said Dr. Ferber.

“We also like that the scanner’s automated technology allows the technologist to spend less time at the machine and more time with the patient,” said Karen Darr, Director of Imaging Services.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation 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.

About Imaging Services:

From simple fractures to complex diagnostic procedures, Fisher-Titus Medical Center’s Imaging Services Department offers patients state-of- the-art imaging technology including Computer Tomography (CT) scanning, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), a nuclear medicine camera, digital mammography, breast MRI and wireless digital X-rays. Patients can rest assured of the highest quality of services as evidenced by the department’s numerous accreditations. Fisher-Titus is accredited by the American College of Radiology in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), 3-D digital mammography, nuclear medicine and CT. In addition, the facility is accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL) for high level of patient care and quality ultrasound testing for the diagnosis of vascular disease.