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.
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