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Features Health & Wellness MedWest earns prestigious radiology accreditation for MRI/CT services

MedWest Health System has earned a prestigious, national accreditation for some of its most widely-utilized imaging services.

MedWest-Haywood in Clyde and MedWest-Harris in Sylva have earned the American College of Radiology Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Accreditation and Computed Tomography (CT) Accreditation.

American College of Radiology Accreditation is considered the gold standard in imaging services accreditation. The accreditation involves a thorough peer-reviewed evaluation to ensure nationally accepted standards are met. The process includes assessing personnel qualifications, continuing education, quality control, quality assurance programs and the adequacy of equipment.

MedWest Health System pursued American College of Radiology Accreditation for MRI and CT services at MedWest-Haywood and MedWest-Harris to support the delivery of the highest level of image quality, patient safety and excellent health care.

“The accreditation is one more way MedWest is attaining the highest quality standards in imaging. MedWest is proud to serve the region with the very latest in imaging technology and a skilled staff and excellent radiologists to provide the best in imaging services,” said Jacky Bradley, director of radiology services at MedWest Health System.

MedWest Health System also is accredited through the American College of Radiology for its mammography and ultrasound services.

Other state-of-the-art imaging technology and services offered by MedWest Health System include positron emission tomography (PET), X-ray, nuclear medicine, bone densitometry, lithotripsy and stereotactic biopsy.

MedWest Health System’s imaging departments are staffed by registered imaging technologists who work with radiologists certified by the American Board of Radiology.

MedWest-Harris’ offerings include a wide bore MRI with more space and less stress for patients who experience claustrophobia or who are uncomfortable in a traditional MRI. The wide bore MRI can accommodate someone weighing up to 500 pounds.

Digital mammography, which offers the clearest images possible in breast imaging, also is available at MedWest-Harris, MedWest-Haywood and MedWest-Franklin. Breast MRI services, which are capable of detecting miniscule breast cancers, are available at MedWest-Harris and MedWest-Haywood. CT scanners providing top-quality images for a range of injuries, illnesses and conditions are used at MedWest-Harris, MedWest-Haywood and MedWest-Swain in Bryson City.

MedWest Health System provides healthcare for the people of western North Carolina at MedWest-Harris, MedWest-Haywood and MedWest-Swain hospitals, the outpatient facility MedWest- Franklin, and through the 90-member MedWest Physician Network. MedWest is affiliated with Carolinas HealthCare System. Learn more about MedWest at www.medwesthealth.org.





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published: 10/18/2013
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