Bellin Health Nuclear Medicine receives national accreditation

01/03/2007

GREEN BAY - Bellin Health Nuclear Medicine has become one of the first nuclear cardiology laboratories in North America to be nationally accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories.

This designation signifies that Bellin has been reviewed by an independent agency and that it recognizes Bellin for its commitment to quality testing for the diagnosis of heart disease.

During a nuclear cardiology exam, the heart is evaluated at rest and during exercise using a small amount of radioisotope. It is a complex imaging technique and relies on the interpretive experience and technical training of both the physician and technologist to make an accurate diagnosis. ICANL's accreditation process evaluates the quality of these interpretations and other critical elements of the nuclear cardiology lab.

Each year approximately 5.5 million stress nuclear cardiology studies are performed in the United States, studying both the patient's pump function and blood flow. In 2006 Bellin performed nearly 2,700 studies. As a result of this test, Bellin's cardiac physicians are able to detect the presence of cardiovascular disease and may also discover important information regarding the occurrence of future heart attacks.

The ICANL was established with support of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, the Society of Nuclear Medicine, The Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologist Section, the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Nuclear Physicians and the Academy of Molecular Imaging. It provides a peer review mechanism to encourage and recognize the provision of quality nuclear cardiology and nuclear medicine diagnostic evaluations by a process of voluntary accreditation.