KATY, TEXAS (July 28, 2011)

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital has been awarded its third consecutive three-year term of accreditation in ultrasound as the result of an extensive review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Ultrasound imaging, also known as sonography, uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of internal body parts to help providers diagnose illness, injury, or other medical problems.

Steve Dinwiddie, Director of Imaging Services at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital said, “The ACR looks at hundreds of performance elements and they grade us on each element with a pass or fail score.  We are proud to report that the ACR passed us on every quality element they reviewed.  We had a perfect score, which demonstrates the very high degree of quality that our patients have learned to associate with Memorial Hermann Katy.”

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, following 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.

For more information on Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, visit www.memorialhermann.org or call 713.222.CARE (2273).