Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak Receives Pet Imaging Accreditation

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ROYAL OAK, Mich., August 04, 2009 – Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak has been awarded a three-year accreditation in positron emission tomography, or PET, in oncology, cardiac and rrain by the American College of Radiology.

During the accreditation process, ACR’s board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in PET conducted a peer-review evaluation of the practice of nuclear medicine PET imaging at Beaumont. These inspectors examined the qualifications of Beaumont’s personnel and the adequacy of the facility equipment.

“Beaumont’s accreditation by the American College of Radiology speaks to our ability to provide the best quality images and ultimately the best patient care through our highly trained staff and leading-edge technology,” says Conrad Nagle, M.D., corporate chief of Nuclear Medicine. “The entire Nuclear Medicine staff works diligently to provide the best and safest practices to ensure the highest standards of care for our patients.”

Criteria of the accreditation included self-assessment and an independent external audit. It ensured that physicians supervising and interpreting medical imaging met stringent education and training standards; imaging equipment is surveyed regularly by qualified medical physicists for proper functioning; and technologists administering the tests are appropriately certified. Also assessed during the accreditation process were policies and procedures, quality assurance activities and patient safety measures.

Beaumont offers the most advanced, precise imaging technology, some invented or pioneered by Beaumont doctors. More than 80 fellowship-trained, board-certified Beaumont radiologists are available around-the-clock for consultation and include sub-specialists in neuroradiology, pediatrics, nuclear medicine and interventional radiology. With 12 locations to serve patients in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties, Beaumont performs more than 1 million diagnostic and screening studies each year. Patient scheduling is available by calling the Beaumont Appointment Center toll-free at 1-800-328-8542.

Beaumont Hospitals is a three-hospital regional health care provider with 1,711 licensed beds, 18,000 employees and 3,000 physicians. In addition to its hospitals, Beaumont operates numerous community-based medical centers, five nursing centers, a Research Institute, home care services and hospice. Visit Beaumont on the Web at http://www.beaumonthospitals.com.

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