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Nuclear Medicine granted accreditation by ICANL

MUSC's Nuclear Medicine Department was granted accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories (ICANL). The laboratory is one of a growing number of nuclear medicine laboratories in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico to be recognized for its commitment to high quality patient care and its provision of quality diagnostic testing.
More than 10 million nuclear medicine imaging and therapeutic procedures are performed each year in the United States. The imaging procedure is effectively used in a broad range of medical specialties, from pediatrics to cardiology to psychiatry, to safely diagnose and treat disease. In children, nuclear medicine tests are used to evaluate bone pain, injuries infection or kidney and bladder function. In adults, the test is used to analyze the heart, bone scans for orthopaedic injuries, lung scans for blood clots, and liver and gall bladder procedures to diagnose abnormal function or blockage.
ICANL was established with support from the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, the Society of Nuclear Medicine and the Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologist Section, the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Nuclear Physicians and the Academy of Molecular Imaging. ICANL provides a peer review mechanism to encourage and recognize the provision of quality nuclear medicine diagnostic evaluations by a process of voluntary accreditation.
Participation in the accreditation process is voluntary. Accreditation status signifies that MUSC has been reviewed by an independent agency that recognizes the laboratory's commitment to quality testing.

Friday, Nov. 20, 2009

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