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     Clearfield Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
     PET/CT scan is a type of nuclear medicine imaging. Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose or 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 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.
     “This accreditation demonstrates our commitment to providing top quality, cutting edge technology. We are proud to offer this service to the community,” stated Tammy Stucke, nuclear medicine supervisor.
     The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 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.

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