September 6, 2011 -
The American College of Radiology (ACR) has awarded a three-year term of accreditation in positron emission tomography (PET) to Olympic Medical Center. The accreditation award extends to the mobile PET/CT service in Sequim.
“We have been working in partnership for the past six years with Alliance Imaging to bring this highly specialized PET/CT service to our community,” says Deby King, director of diagnostic imaging at Olympic Medical Center. “Our ability to offer PET/CT locally is important for our community, particularly as it relates to cancer diagnosis. The ACR accreditation illustrates the level of quality, safe care we provide right here at home.”
PET/CT Services at OMC
PET, also called PET imaging or a PET scan, is a type of nuclear medicine imaging. Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material, ingested by the patient, to diagnose or treat a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease, and certain other abnormalities within the body.
PET and computerized tomography (CT) are both state-of-the-art imaging tools that allow physicians to pinpoint the location of cancer within the body before making treatment recommendations. The highly sensitive PET technology shows the biology of disorders at the molecular level, while the CT scan provides a detailed picture of the body’s internal anatomy. The PET/CT scan combines the strengths of these two well-established imaging technologies into a single scan.
PET/CT services at Olympic Medical Center are contracted through Alliance Imaging, Inc., which is a mobile imaging service. The unit is typically set up on the east side of Olympic Medical Cancer Center every Monday. This service has been offered in the community since 2005.
Olympic Medical Center is also accredited through the ACR for its hospital-based nuclear medicine, all its digital mammography sites and in CT and MRI.
About the ACR
The ACR gold seal of accreditation 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 34,000 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.
About Olympic Medical Center
Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board. OMC is a sole community hospital and rural referral center. It provides inpatient services at its 80-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, sleep medicine, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.