August 3, 2009 - Northeast Radiology reported it received the first-in-the-nation American College of Radiology (ACR) Accreditation for its high-field, extremity, open MRIs located in Danbury, Conn. and Mount Kisco, N.Y., featuring the MSK Extreme MRI from ONI Medical Systems.
Northeast Radiology worked closely with the ACR to meet the standards of excellence for extremity, open MRI. When a patient needs an MRI for their knee, hand, wrist, elbow, foot, or ankle, they can sit in a reclining chair while placing only the body part needing imaging inside the scanner. The patient can read a book or listen to music. Parents or guardians appreciate that they can sit next to a child and interact while the child has a comfortable MRI.
“I have found that the high-field, extremity, open MRI is especially suited for claustrophobic or pediatric patients,” explained Kei Doi, M.D., musculoskeletal radiologist for Northeast Radiology. “It is an extremely comfortable examination and the feedback we’ve received from our patients has been favorable.”
ACR accreditation demonstrates a commitment to quality patient care and is recognized for its value by major health care providers. ACR awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in their field. They assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of facility equipment. The surveyors report their findings to the ACR’s Committee on Accreditation which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report.