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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 18, 2009
Contact: John P. Broder
Vice President-External Affairs
516-663-2234

WINTHROP-UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL PET SCANNING FACILITY EARNS PRESTIGIOUS AMERICAN COLLEGE OF RADIOLOGY (ACR) ACCREDITATION

Mineola, NY – Winthrop-University Hospital is pleased to announce that its Positron Emission Tomography (PET) facility has been awarded accreditation for brain and oncology imaging by the Committee on Nuclear Medicine Accreditation of the Commission on Quality and Safety of the American College of Radiology (ACR). Positron Emission Tomography (PET scanning) is a highly sophisticated technique that assesses organ structure and function simultaneously.

“The ACR Nuclear Medicine and PET accreditation serves as an excellent quality improvement tool,” said Elizabeth Yung, MD, Chief of the Division of Nuclear Medicine at Winthrop. “Winthrop’s designation as an accredited ACR facility means we have voluntarily achieved and maintained a level of practice that promotes the delivery of the highest quality care.”

While x-rays, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) remain vital as diagnostic tools, the PET scan can see what the other tests can’t - the body’s biochemical functioning. PET technology is unique in its function as a metabolic imaging tool that is based on molecular biology, which enables it to produce detailed images of biochemical changes which can be enlightening in ways that structural images such as x-rays, CT scans and MRIs cannot.

PET technology is particularly useful in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, and is also valuable evaluating neurological disorders such as epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, and other dementias because it can help doctors see changes in the brain that could be associated with the cognitive or physiological symptoms. PET scanning can also be useful in imaging the brain for information about a number of other conditions such as post-traumatic brain injury, brain tumors, and movement disorders.

The goal of the ACR Nuclear Medicine and PET Accreditation Program is to set quality standards for facilities and to help them continuously improve the quality of care given to patients. This voluntary accreditation program offers nuclear medicine and PET physicians the opportunity for comprehensive evaluation and review of facilities; personal qualifications; clinical and phantom image quality; equipment; quality control procedures and quality assurance programs through a confidential, peer review mechanism. The program is designed to be educational, focusing on the primary factors that have an impact on the quality of clinical images and quality of patient care.

For more information about advanced diagnostic and treatment services at Winthrop, call 1-866-WINTHROP or visit www.winthrop.org.

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