SALEM-Salem Community Hospital's MRI units have achieved accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR) for a period of three years. MRI, which stands for magnetic resonance imaging, is a non-invasive medical imaging tool that uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce highly detailed images of internal structures.
SCH offers both an on-site MRI unit, as well as a mobile, open bore MRI, which is available on the campus certain days each month.
The open bore MRI has a large opening to accommodate claustrophobic patients and individuals weighing up to 550 lbs.
ACR Gold Seal of Accreditation
"Both units have earned the ACR Gold Seal of Accreditation, which represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety," said LuAnn Ayers, director of medical imaging at Salem Community Hospital. "This means that SCH voluntarily completed a vigorous review process to ensure that we meet nationally-accepted standards of care. Our personnel are well qualified, through education and certification, to perform quality MRI imaging procedures.
"Our equipment is the best in the area, and our facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines," she said.
This is the second time the service has earned accreditation from the ACR. The accreditation process was overseen by board-certified radiologists and medical physicists, who are experts in their fields.
The American College of Radiology is the largest and oldest imaging accrediting body in the U.S. and a professional organization of 34,000 physicians.