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Wheeling Hospital Earns ACR Reaccreditation

WHEELING – Wheeling Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology.

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.

Meanwhile, the hospital will be able to accommodate additional patients with a mobile MRI unit that will serve patients at both Wheeling Hospital and its St. Clairsville Health Center.

The new mobile MRI unit is a 1.5 Tesla MAGNETOM scanner. The latest technology provides for excellent image quality while the wider bore and shorter magnet length provides more comfort with patients with claustrophobia.

The unit will be at Wheeling Hospital seven days a week and at St. Clairsville Health Center Fridays and every other Tuesday. Evening hours are available at both locations. For appointments, call 304-243-3176.

The American College of Radiology’s gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters 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.

“Acquiring the ACR designation shows the Wheeling Hospital’s commitment to exceptional imaging technology, provided by a team of dedicated professionals,” said Dr. Mark Benson, chief radiologist.

The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.

Founded in 1924, this professional medical society is dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. The college serves more than 37,000 diagnostic or 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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