For Immediate Release
(Colorado Springs, CO) — University of Colorado Health at Memorial Hospital,
has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology as
the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
Radiation oncology (radiation therapy) is the careful use of high-energy
radiation to treat cancer. A radiation oncologist may use radiation to cure
cancer or to relieve a cancer patient’s pain.
The ACR is the nation’s oldest
and most widely accepted radiation oncology accrediting body, with nearly 500
accredited sites, and 25 years of accreditation experience. The ACR seal of
accreditation represents the highest level of quality and patient safety. It is
awarded only to facilities meeting specific Practice Guidelines and Technical
Standards developed by ACR after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified
radiation oncologists and medical physicists who are experts in the field.
Patient care and treatment, patient safety, personnel qualifications, adequacy
of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance
programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on
Radiation Oncology Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with
a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.
The ACR is a national
professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional
radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical
physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and
radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.