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St Petersburg General Hospital Earns ACR Ultrasound Accreditation

March 09, 2012

Accredited by American College of RadiologySt. Petersburg, FL  —   After voluntary rigorous review by the Committee on Ultrasound Accreditation  of the Commission on Quality and Safety by the American College of Radiology (ACR), St Petersburg General Hospital has been awarded a three-year term re-accreditation in Ultrasound Services -- Obstetrical (1st, 2nd and 3rd trimesters), Gynecological and General.  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.

In addition, a fourth accreditation was newly awarded for Vascular Services including Abdominal, Cerebrovascular, Deep Abdominal and Peripheral. 

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.

This accreditation means that St Petersburg General Hospital personnel are well qualified through education and certification to perform medical imaging and interpret images, that the equipment is appropriate for the test(s) and that the facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines. 


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