LAFAYETTE, La. – It’s about quality and safety, and it’s about peace of mind for patients and their families served by Women’s & Children’s Hospital.

That is why the hospital, 4600 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, volunteered recently to undergo a rigorous review by the American College of Radiology. ACR awarded the hospital’s efforts with a three-year accreditation for CT scans of the abdomen, chest, head and neck.

“When patients see the ACR gold seal, they can rest assured that their prescribed imaging test will be done at a facility that has met the highest level of imaging quality and radiation safety,” said Raleigh White, Radiology Department Director for Women’s & Children’s Hospital. “This accreditation was awarded to Women’s & Children’s after a comprehensive review by the ACR, a professional organization of 34,000 physicians and the largest and oldest imaging accrediting body in the United States.”

This accreditation marks the second for Women’s & Children’s Hospital. The hospital’s Elaine M. Junca Women’s Imaging Centre received ACR accreditation in March 2011 for Breast Imaging.

Computed tomography (CT), sometimes called a CAT scan, is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and tailor treatments for various medical conditions. There are about 7 million CT studies of children each year in the nation, according to the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging. And, the number is rising at a rate of 10 percent a year, making the United States second only to Japan in the number of per capita CT exams performed.

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.

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.

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About Women’s & Children’s Hospital

Founded in 1983, Women’s & Children’s Hospital, a campus of The Regional Medical Center of Acadiana, continues its tradition of providing specialized healthcare services for women and children. The hospital began as a birthing hospital and, over its more than 25-year history, grew into one of Louisiana’s leading healthcare institutions dedicated exclusively to the care of women and children. The 161-bed facility includes Acadiana’s only Level III Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the region’s only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, a women and children-dedicated Sleep Center and various pediatric subspecialties.