Belton Regional Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound (US) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). MRI is a noninvasive medical test that utilizes magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.   Ultrasound imaging, also known as sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of internal body parts to help providers diagnose illness, injury or other medical problems.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities that meet ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

“Belton Regional Medical Center is proud to be a leader in healthcare quality by achieving MRI and ultrasound accreditation,” says Todd Krass, Chief Executive Officer of Belton Regional Medical Center. “These high levels of imaging quality provide our physicians with the tools they need in diagnosing and managing treatment plans for their patients.”

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

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