2/19/15 news article
Dayton Children’s MRIs accredited by the American College of Radiology
rigorous review highlights high standards
Dayton Children’s Hospital performs about 70,000 medical imaging procedures a year. That’s nearly 3,000 children a week treated by our imaging experts. They take great care to make each procedure just right for kids, whether it be low-dose radiation techniques, special goggles to distract a child with a movie or being able to sedate a child who otherwise could not handle the procedure.
Parents now have another reason to trust in Dayton Children’s medical imaging. Dayton Children’s just received accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for the 3T MRI and reaccreditation for the 1.5T MRI on campus.
Dayton Children’s medical imaging staff completed a rigorous review process to earn the designation. “The ACR awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation,” says Craig Carr, MBA, RT(R)(CT)(MR), medical imaging manager. “Image quality and procedure evaluations are conducted by board-certified radiologists and medical physicists who are experts in the field.”
Accreditation shows that the hospital has:
- Voluntarily gone through a rigorous review process to ensure it meets nationally-accepted standards
- The staff are well qualified to perform and interpret medical images and administer radiation therapy treatments
- The equipment is appropriate for the test or treatment
- The facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines.
“We are exceptionally proud to receive this accreditation,” says Elizabeth Ey, MD, director of medical imaging. “It’s just another way parents can be sure that we are providing the highest level of care for their children.”
In the past six months, Dayton Children’s has completed 2,439 procedures between the two scanners on campus. The 3T MRI is the only one in the region and allows radiologists to produce images with twice the quality and clarity as a 1.5T scanner. As well as providing patient care, it is also a critical component of research into non-invasive brain stimulation currently underway at Wright State University and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
A third MRI scanner is now available at the Springboro Outpatient Testing Center. It features a wider opening and a shorter table, helping children feel less claustrophobic.
For more information, contact: