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Pratt Regional Medical Center, Nuclear Medicine Department Receives General Nuclear Medicine Accreditation by ICANL

Released: May 9, 2011

More than 10 million nuclear medicine imaging and therapeutic procedures are performed each year in the United States. The imaging procedure is effectively used in a broad range of medical specialties, from pediatrics to cardiology to psychiatry, to safely diagnose and even treat disease. In children, nuclear medicine tests are used to evaluate bone pain, injuries, infection or kidney and bladder function. In adults, the test is used to identify and treat hyperthyroidism (Graves Disease), as cardiac stress tests to analyze the heart, bone scans for orthopedic injuries, lung scans for blood clots, and liver and gall bladder procedures to diagnose abnormal function or blockage.

There are more than 100 different nuclear medicine tests available, which are capable of diagnosing or ruling out diseases in every major organ system in earlier stages than other available medical procedures. None require surgery or additional diagnostic evaluations.According to the Society of Nuclear Medicine, more than 3,900 hospital-based Nuclear Medicine departments currently operate in the United States. The Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories (ICANL) accreditation program evaluates the quality of critical elements of Nuclear Medicine facilities, offering a voluntary method for laboratories to demonstrate the level of care provided to patients.

Pratt Regional Medical Center, Nuclear Medicine Department located in Pratt, KS, was granted accreditation by the ICANL in the area of General Nuclear Medicine. The laboratory is one of a growing number of nuclear medicine laboratories in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico to be so recognized for its commitment to high quality patient care and its provision of quality diagnostic testing.

The ICANL was established with the support of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, the Society of Nuclear Medicine, the Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologist Section, the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Nuclear Medicine, the Academy of Molecular Imaging, and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. The ICANL provides a peer review mechanism to encourage and recognize the provision of quality nuclear cardiology and nuclear medicine diagnostic evaluations by a process of voluntary accreditation. A nonprofit organization, the ICANL is dedicated to ensuring high quality patient care and to promoting health care.

Participation in the accreditation process is voluntary. Accreditation status signifies that the facility has been reviewed by an independent agency that recognizes the laboratory’s commitment to quality testing for the diagnosis of heart disease.

   
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