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October 22nd, 2009
CTMC wins AIUM accreditation

STAFF REPORT

The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) has granted accreditation in Abdominal/General Ultrasound, Gynecological and Obstetrical Ultrasound to Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC).

The organization awards accreditation to facilities that have high standards of quality instrumentation, staff competency and patient, staff and equipment safety.

“CTMC has achieved accreditation in recognition that the practice has met voluntary standards set by the diagnostic ultrasound profession,” said AIUM’s Director of Accreditation, Paula Woletz. “The entire practice was reviewed, including personnel; physical facilities; documentation, storage and record-keeping practices; policies and procedures; quality assurance methods; and how the practice meets AIUM standards.”

CTMC’s participation in AIUM’s Ultrasound practice accreditation is voluntary. The accreditation allows facilities with ultrasound practices the opportunity to assess their performance and initiate changes for improving and strengthening their operation. The program was developed by AUIM in response to the changes in health care delivery that have led to an increased scrutiny of diagnostic evaluations. Ultrasound’s technical improvements have allowed for its expanded use, dramatically increasing the number of physicians and sonographers using it.

“For several years now, CTMC has taken numerous steps to provide patients with sate-of-the-art imaging services while exceeding the standards of the AIUM,” said CTMC Director of Medical Imaging Bob Jones. “From our new Lighthouse Magnetic Resonance Imaging suite to our 24/7 in-house Ultrasound team, we’re always looking for ways to exceed the needs of our patients.”

For more information about CTMC’s imaging services, visit ctmc.org and click Medical Imaging under the Care & Services tab.

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