SVMC PET Unit Receives the First ACR Accreditation in Vermont

BENNINGTON - The American College of Radiology (ACR) recently accredited Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s (SVMC) Positron Emission Tomography (PET) unit. This is SVMC’s PET unit’s first and it is the first accreditation for any PET unit in the state of Vermont.

“This certification ensures consistent high quality imaging for the best patient care,” stated Dr. James Keenan, Radiologist at SVMC. “Being ACR accredited is important for this facility and to be the first in Vermont shows our commitment.”

PET is a nuclear medicine test used primarily for imaging tumors and metastatic disease and mapping brain function. SVMC contracts with Insight to provide this service to our patients on Saturdays.

PET technologist Matthew Ratelle facilitated obtaining this accreditation. “The application process, while stringent, afforded us the opportunity to evaluate every aspect of the program,” stated Ratelle. “This accreditation is yet another example of how SVMC continues to differentiate itself from other hospitals in Vermont with demonstrable quality and the latest technology in a community hospital setting”

Recently, SVMC received ACR accreditation for ultrasound, breast ultrasound, MRI, nuclear medicine, and mammography.

The ACR awards accreditation to facilities for achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice. Board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field conduct the evaluations. They assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of the facility equipment. The surveyors report their findings to the ACR’s Committee of Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report.

The ACR is a national organization serving more than 34,000 diagnostic and interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, and nuclear medicine and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

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