Sierra Vista Receives Accreditation in Nuclear Medicine 
Shannon Downing 
Monday, 20 September 2010 

Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in Nuclear Medicine as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR). This designation is in addition to Mammography, Ultrasound, Breast Ultrasound, Breast Biopsy with Ultrasound and Computed Tomography which were all previously accredited at Sierra Vista. The accreditation gives assurance to patients that hospital staff and equipment have passed rigorous evaluation and demonstrates the hospital’s commitment to quality patient care.

Nuclear medicine imaging techniques give doctors another way to look inside the human body and treat disease. Earlier this year, Sierra Vista installed a new technologically advanced nuclear medicine camera to improve image quality. The camera allows doctors at the hospital to more accurately detect disease that may otherwise not be detected by other means, such as with CT scan alone.  Doctors can now determine where the disease is located, distinguishing it from normal tissue and physiological activity and predict where it might go next.

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.