What should I know about radiation safety?
Before your imaging procedure be sure to ask your physician the following questions:
- Why is the test needed?
- How will having the test improve my care?
- Are there alternatives that do not use radiation and deliver similar results?
- Is the facility accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR)?
- Are pediatric and adult tests delivered using the appropriate radiation doses?
Why should I have my imaging exam done at an accredited facility?
When you see the gold seals of accreditation prominently displayed in our imaging facility, you can be sure that you are in a facility that meets standards for imaging quality and safety.Look for the ACR Gold Seals of Accreditation.
To achieve the ACR Gold Standard of Accreditation, our facility’s personnel qualifications, equipment requirements, quality assurance, and quality control procedures have gone through a rigorous review process and have met specific qualifications. It’s important for patients to know that every aspect of the ACR accreditation process is overseen by board-certified, expert radiologists and medical physicists in advanced diagnostic imaging.
What does ACR accreditation mean?
- Our facility has voluntarily gone through 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 medical imaging, interpret your images, and administer your radiation therapy treatments.
- Our equipment is appropriate for the test or treatment you will receive, and our facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines.
What does the gold seal mean?
When you see the ACR gold seal, you can rest assured that your prescribed imaging test will be done at a facility that has met the highest level of imaging quality and radiation safety. The facility and its personnel have gone through a comprehensive review to earn accreditation status by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the largest and oldest imaging accrediting body in the U.S. and a professional organization of 34,000 physicians.
What is DICOE?
DICOE stands for Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence
Showing that our medical imaging team has achieved the ACR Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence (DICOE) designation assuring providers, payers, patients and administrators that our practice delivers today’s highest levels of imaging quality, safety and care.
What are the Benefits of DICOE accreditation?
As a DICOE facility, Diagnostic Imaging Northwest:
- Provides patients with the utmost confidence of receiving today’s highest levels of imaging quality, safety and care;
- Offers excellence at multiple levels — the professional staff, technology, policies and procedures;
- Has achieved accreditation by the American College of Radiology in all imaging modalities that we provide;
- Has exceeded the standard requirements of accreditation to achieve the designation of Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence from the American College of Radiology; and
- Has an ongoing process for self-assessment (and improvement) including participation in the ACR Dose Index Registry® and General Radiology Improvement Database.
What is the Criteria for a center to be a Diagnostic Center of Excellence?
Diagnostic Imaging Northwest meets all the following criteria required to be a DICOE designated practice:
- ACR accreditation in all modalities offered and that ACR provides
- Participation in the ACR Dose Index Registry and General Radiology Improvement Database
- Image Gently® and Image Wisely® pledges
- Comprehensive assessment of quality, safety, procedures and personnel by an expert ACR survey team in the following areas:
- Governance and personnel
- Facility organization and management
- Physical environment
- Equipment and IT infrastructure
- Radiation and general safety
- Quality management
- Policies and procedures
- Patient rights and medical records