VCU Radiology Earns Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence Designation
The VCU Health Radiology Department has earned the Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence (DICOE) designation by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for all VCU Health diagnostic imaging centers located at the downtown medical campus, Stony Point and Short Pump Pavilion.
Among adult imaging centers, VCU Health is the only health system to achieve the designation in Richmond, the only academic medical center in Virginia and one of only 16 academic medical facilities in the United States.
“Our Department can take great pride in this achievement, as this designation is validation of our ongoing commitment to quality care, patient safety and efficiency,” said Ann S. Fulcher, M.D. “Radiology plays a significant role in health care so this one-of-a-kind recognition elevates both our staff, who are often behind the scenes, and the VCU Health System.”
The DICOE designation, a three-year status, recognizes VCU Health Radiology exceeds ACR accreditation standards providing best-quality imaging practices and excellence in diagnostic imaging. The designation acknowledges the integral role professional and support staff, technology and policies and procedures play in providing excellent patient care.
Eligibility requirements for the DICOE program stipulated diagnostic imaging centers must be accredited by ACR in all modalities they provide and actively participate in the Dose Index Registry and Lung Cancer Screening, as well as Image Wisely and Image Gently initiatives.
The VCU Department of Radiology underwent a virtual site survey to complete the assessment. Since July 2020, ACR completed approximately 60 virtual surveys and, once COVID-19 travel restrictions are lifted, the association plans to conduct on-site surveys for all new DICOE facilities.
Areas of assessment included:
- Facility organization and management
- Physical environment
- Equipment and IT infrastructure
- Radiation and general safety
- Quality management
- Policies and procedures
- Patient rights
- Medical records
Although ACR does not offer an accreditation program, the DICOE site survey included a review of routine diagnostic imaging (X-ray) and fluoroscopy focusing on:
- Equipment safety
- Radiation safety
- Use of protocol
- Documenting fluoroscopy dose
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. ACR comprises physicians, physicists, and technology experts in radiology and is the oldest and most experienced imaging accreditation body.
Abdominal Imaging Faculty Receive RadioGraphics Editor’s Recognition Award
RadioGraphics' mission is to publish high-quality educational content, which is a result of the efforts of reviewers who provide peer review of submitted material for the journal. In 2021, there were 425 individuals who reviewed submitted manuscripts.
Dr. Ann Fulcher receives her Society of Abdominal Radiology Gold Medal
Ann S. Fulcher, M.D. was awarded her 2021 Society of Abdominal Radiology (SAR) Gold Medal during this year's SAR Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Due to COVID-19, last year's annual meeting was virtual so the award ceremony was delayed until the 2022 annual meeting. (Photo courtesy Mary Ann Turner, M.D.)
VCU Radiologists Make Richmond Magazine's 2022 Top Docs List
VCU Department of Radiology Safety Culture: Safety First
The VCU Health Radiology Department is continually recognized as a leader in safety. In this video, Ann S Fulcher, MD, Malcolm K Sydnor, Jr., MD, Brian Strife, MD, and Tiffany Tucker, MD, share what safety means to them and how they develop a culture of safety. Some photos taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.Learn About Our Safety Culture
Recognition of Exceptional Service to VCU
Happy anniversary and congratulations to all those celebrating a career milestone in 2022
Sherry Elliott, MBA
Mark S. Parker, M.D.
Malcolm K. Sydnor, Jr., M.D.
Brian Suddarth, M.D.
Yang Tang, M.D., Ph.D.
Tiffany Tucker, M.D.
Kendall Capecci, M.D.
Ryan Clayton, M.D.
Franklin Dana, M.D.
Radiology Education News
2022 Graduating Class of Radiology Residents
Congratulations to our new residency program graduates. We are so proud to share their journeys (pictured from left to right):
Agni Chandora, M.D. - Breast Imaging at University of Alabama Medical Center
Brandon Bunker, M.D. - Abdominal Imaging at VCU Health
Cooper Cain, M.D. - Neuroradiology at Brigham & Women's Hospital
Jared Jaynes, M.D. - Interventional Radiology at VCU Health
S. Mobeen Reza, D.O. - Interventional Radiology at VCU Health
Michael Pasyk, M.D. - Neuroradiology at Emory
Son Vo, M.D. - Breast Imaging at Johns Hopkins
Priyanush Kandakatla, M.D. - Breast Imaging at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Feedback and Comments Welcome
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with feedback and comments about the VCU Department of Radiology Image of Excellence newsletter, or to sign up to receive our e-mail newsletter.
Find, follow, like and share the VCU Department of Radiology Facebook (opens in a new window) where we highlight news from the world of radiology and our Department.
The VCU Department of Radiology assumes no liability or responsibility for incorrect or incomplete information. ©2022 VCU Department of Radiology. All rights reserved. Any form of reproduction of content is strictly prohibited.