Bellin Health earns nuclear laboratory accreditation

12/18/2009

GREEN BAY — The laboratories at Bellin Hospital’s Heart and Vascular Center and The Cancer Team at Bellin Health were recently accredited by a national group dedicated to the provision of quality nuclear medicine diagnostic evaluations.

The Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories (ICANL) accredited Bellin’s nuclear medicine labs for “commitment to high quality patient care and its provision of quality diagnostic testing.”

The accreditation focuses on Bellin’s positron emission tomography, or PET, examinations in its labs. By producing three-dimensional images of functional processes in the body, PETs help effectively diagnose or rule out conditions like cancer, coronary heart disease and brain disorders like Alzheimer’s disease. The new accreditation also includes Bellin’s Nuclear Cardiology and general Nuclear Medicine services.

“All of our physicians involved in reading PETs or making diagnostic evaluations in the Nuclear Cardiology and Nuclear Medicine service areas are now accredited, meaning we’re providing our patients a superior quality of service and expertise,” said Kristen Weiler, Bellin Health, Nuclear Medicine. “Also, our technicians working in these areas were accredited, as well.”

The non-profit ICANL provides a peer review mechanism to encourage and recognize the provision of high-standard nuclear medicine practices. Participation in the group’s accreditation process is voluntary.