Bellin Health’s Imaging Services gets re-accredited


GREEN BAY — Bellin Health’s Imaging Services department recently was awarded a three-year term of re-accreditation in both MRI and ultrasound from the American College of Radiology.

MRI attained accreditation for head, spine, muscular-skeletal and magnetic resonance angiography modules. The accreditation is valid through February 2013.

Ultrasound’s seven modules of accreditation include: Obstetrics, general imaging, gynecological, vascular peripheral, vascular cerebro, vascular abdominal and vascular deep abdominal imaging. The accreditation is valid through June 2013.

The re-accreditation offers assurance to the public about Bellin’s imaging capabilities and standards, said Jeff Hoeksema, team leader, Bellin Radiology and Imaging.

“We’ve gone through this process voluntarily,” he said. “It reaffirms that we have well-qualified, thoroughly educated and certified staff and that our equipment and facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines.”

The American College of Radiology (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 the field. They assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of facility equipment.

Surveyors report their findings to the ACR’s Committee on Accreditation, which then provides the practice in question with a comprehensive report.

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