Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has been awarded accreditation in computed tomography (CT) imaging as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
ACR CT accreditation is a voluntary process to ensure that a facility’s CT scanning process delivers the lowest possible dose of radiation while maintaining image quality. “This accreditation is about much more than the equipment,” notes Methodist Willowbrook Director of Imaging Angelic P. McDonald. “It involves a stringent evaluation that also takes into account our protocols, processes, policies, personnel and physicians—everything that goes into conducting a safe and accurate CT scan.”
All three of Methodist Willowbrook’s CT scanners have been ACR-certified for both adult and pediatric patients. This important distinction—confirmed by the “Image Gently” seal—assures that the hospital’s CT scans are as safe as possible for children.
“Not every hospital has separate CT protocols for pediatric patients,” adds Ms. McDonald. “It’s very important to us, not only because children are more sensitive to radiation than adults, but also because what happens in childhood can affect people throughout their lifetimes.”
“This accreditation is one more example of how we open ourselves up to outside organizations with the goal of serving the Willowbrook community better,” says Ms. McDonald. “It’s one thing to say ‘we’re leading medicine,’ but it’s quite another to have an outside auditor come in and confirm it.”