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Geneva General Hospital Receives Nuclear Medicine Accreditation by the IAC
Geneva General Hospital has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in Nuclear Medicine by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

More than 10 million Nuclear Medicine imaging and therapeutic procedures are performed each year in the United States. The imaging procedure is effectively used in a broad range of medical specialties, from pediatrics to cardiology to psychiatry, to safely diagnose and even treat disease. In children, Nuclear Medicine tests are used to evaluate bone pain, injuries, infection or kidney and bladder function. In adults, the test is used to identify and treat hyperthyroidism (Graves’ Disease), as cardiac stress tests to analyze the heart, bone scans for orthopedic injuries, lung scans for blood clots and liver and gall bladder procedures to diagnose abnormal function or blockage.

Through the use of Nuclear Medicine procedures performed within hospitals, outpatient centers and physicians’ offices, physicians are able to diagnose or rule out diseases in every major organ system in earlier stages than other available medical procedures. While these tests are helpful, there are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on Nuclear Medicine testing. The skill of the Nuclear Medicine technologist performing the examination, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician and quality assurance measures are each critical to quality patient testing.

Accreditation by the IAC means that Geneva General Hospital has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review.

Jeff Fultz, director of diagnostics comments “achieving this distinct accreditation is a direct testament to our staffs’ commitment to providing the highest quality and best care possible to our community. Richard Lawrence, Nuclear Medicine Coordinator, and Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Susan Marks, demonstrate the core values we value in our employees by working together as a team, to achieve this accomplishment. This is yet another example of Finger Lakes Health becoming the best health system of our size in the United States”.

IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indication that the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of Nuclear Medicine. When scheduled for a Nuclear Medicine procedure, patients are encouraged to inquire as to the accreditation status of the facility where their examination will be performed and can learn more by visiting www.intersocietal.org/nuclear/main/patients.htm.

The accreditation granted by IAC is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to Nuclear Medicine, which include physicians, nuclear medicine technologists and medical physicists. Nuclear/PET accreditation is required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and in some cases by private insurers. However, patients should remain vigilant in making sure that their Nuclear Medicine procedures are performed within accredited facilities, because for many facilities it remains a voluntary process.

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