Sierra Vista Receives ACR Accreditation in Vascular Ultrasound 
Shannon Downing 
Friday, 11 March 2011 

Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center has become the first hospital in San Luis Obispo County to have all imaging services within the hospital accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR). This designation follows the hospital’s most recent three-year term of accreditation in vascular ultrasound. 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.

Other accredited imaging services at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center include: Mammography, Ultrasound, Breast Ultrasound, Breast Biopsy with Ultrasound, Computed Tomography and Nuclear Medicine. Accreditation by the ACR gives assurance to patients that hospital staff and equipment have passed rigorous evaluation and demonstrates the hospital’s commitment to quality patient care.

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

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.