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     Clearfield Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in breast ultrasound as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology.
     “We are very excited to be one of the first facilities in the area to achieve this level of accreditation and feel honored to be able to provide such high quality imaging to the people of this community,” said Sue Custaney, ultrasound supervisor, registered diagnostic medical sonographer.
     Ultrasound imaging is a noninvasive medical test that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and better treat medical conditions. Ultrasound imaging of the breast produces a picture of the internal structures of the breast.
      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.
     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 services.

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