Saint Francis Receives ACR Accreditations

(HARTFORD, Conn.) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has been awarded three-year terms of accreditation for its CT scan, PET scan and ultrasound services as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

The ACR, headquartered in Reston, Va., awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of its practice. 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 facility’s equipment. The surveyors report their findings to the ACR’s Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report.

CT (computed tomography) scan uses special X-ray equipment to obtain image data from different angles around the body and then employs computer processing of the information to display a cross-section of body tissues and organs.

PET (Positron Emission Tomography) scan is a diagnostic examination that utilizes images obtained from the detection of positrons, tiny particles emitted from a radioactive substance administered to a patient. PET scans most often are used in the detection and analysis of cancer. Ultrasound obtains images from inside the body through the use of high frequency sound waves.

The ACR is a national organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists and medical physicists with programs for focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

Founded in 1897, Saint Francis is licensed for 617 acute inpatient beds and 65 bassinets and is the largest Catholic hospital in New England.