Meridian Star

March 2, 2014

Anderson CAT Scan earns ACR Accreditation

Special to The Star
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Anderson Regional Medical Center has been awarded the area’s only three-year term of accreditation in computed tomography (CT) by the American College of Radiology (ACR), according to a hospital press release.

    CT scanning — sometimes called CAT scanning — is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and tailor treatments for various medical conditions.

    "In order to achieve accreditation by the ACR, the nation’s largest and oldest imaging accrediting body, Anderson and its personnel have gone through a comprehensive review by board certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field," the press release states.

    “It is important to us that our facility, personnel and equipment meet nationally-accepted standards of care, so we voluntarily submitted ourselves to a rigorous review process to achieve this accreditation,” Ray Humphreys, President and CEO, commented.  “We are very proud that Anderson has met the highest level of imaging quality and radiation safety.”

    Dale Holyfield, Director of Radiology, said, “This accreditation signifies that our facility meets quality assurance and safety guidelines. Our patients can rest assured that our equipment meets the national standards, and our personnel are educated, certified and well qualified to perform medical imaging.

    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.

    "Anderson Regional Medical Center is the largest health care facility in East Mississippi/West Alabama and is home to the most established heart care center and the region’s only comprehensive cancer center," the press release states.