HOUSTON (June 24, 2014)

Southeast Nuclear Medicine TeamMemorial Hermann Southeast Hospital has again been awarded a full three-year term of accreditation in nuclear medicine as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material, administered to the patient, to diagnose and treat a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease, and certain other abnormalities within the body.

“Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital is pleased to be recognized in the industry for providing outstanding services,” said Erin S. Asprec, chief executive officer of Memorial Hermann Southeast. “Such a distinction also underscores the quality of the Nuclear Medicine team’s work and our commitment to providing the highest quality of care and safety to our patients.”

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 provides our patients the assurance that our staff and equipment have passed the American College of Radiology’s rigorous evaluation,” said Imaging Director Cynthia Chatelain. “It also provides a high level of confidence for referring physicians that only the highest quality of care is being provided at Memorial Hermann Southeast.”

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.