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McLaren Imaging Center Designated One of Three Statewide to Earn ACR Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence

Published on Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence

The McLaren Imaging Center, an outpatient facility of McLaren Flint, is the first in the region, and only one of three in the state, to be designated a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence™ (DICOE) by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

The DICOE program, which represents the pinnacle of medical imaging care, is an achievement that goes beyond accreditation to recognize best-quality imaging practices and diagnostic care. This includes a comprehensive assessment of the entire medical imaging enterprise, including structure and outcomes. The DICOE designation recognizes excellence at multiple levels — including the professional staff, the technology and the policies and procedures the organization follows, and superior patient care.

In order to receive this elite distinction, facilities must be accredited by the ACR in all modalities they provide, and in which the ACR offers an accreditation program. Another requirement is to participate in the Dose Index Registry® and General Radiology Improvement Database, as well as Image Wisely® and Image Gently®. The McLaren Imaging Center offers X-Ray, Ultrasound, CT, Bone Density, Mammography and Nuclear Medicine services.

“Our entire patient care process was analyzed from the equipment we use, to the reporting we do, as well as the qualifications of our staff,” states Linda Lawrence, M.D., Board Certified Radiologist, who is Fellowship trained in Women’s Imaging and Medical Director of the McLaren Imaging Center. “We pursued this accreditation so our patients would be assured they are coming to a facility that provides the highest quality care for imaging services and procedures, as recognized by the American College of Radiology.”

The ACR, founded in 1924, is one of the largest and most influential medical associations in the United States. The ACR devotes its resources to making imaging and radiation therapy safe, effective and accessible to those who need it. Its 36,000 members include radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, interventional radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians.