Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) has achieved the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine’s (AIUM) accreditation in Abdominal/General Ultrasound, Gynecological and Obstetrical Ultrasound. AIUM is awarded to those select few facilities that have the highest standards of staff competency; patient, staff and equipment safety; and that exhibit high standards in instrumentation and quality.
“CTMC has achieved accreditation in recognition that the practice has met voluntary standards set by the diagnostic ultrasound profession,” said AIUM’s Director of Accreditation, Paula Woletz, RDMS, RDCS, MPH. “The entire practice was reviewed, including personnel; physical facilities; documentation, storage and record-keeping practices; policies and procedures; quality assurance methods; and how the practice meets AIUM standards.”
Participation in the AIUM’s Ultrasound Practice Accreditation program is voluntary and is available to practices in several areas of ultrasound. The accreditation process allows ultrasound practices the opportunity to assess their strengths and weaknesses and initiate changes for improving and strengthening their overall operation.
“For several years now, CTMC has taken numerous steps to provide patients with sate-of-the-art imaging services while exceeding the standards of the AIUM,” said Bob Jones, CTMC Director of Medical Imaging. “From our new Lighthouse Magnetic Resonance Imaging suite to our 24/7 in-house Ultrasound team, we’re always looking for ways to exceed the needs of our patients.”
The AIUM developed the program in response to the many changes in the approach to health care delivery that have resulted in an increased scrutiny of diagnostic evaluations, as well as technical improvements that have allowed for the expanded use of ultrasound and have dramatically increased the number of physicians and sonographers using this modality.
For more information about CTMC’s imaging services, visit ctmc.org and click Medical Imaging under the Care & Services tab.
Patient benefits of visiting an AIUM-accredited:
· There is adequate space for patient comfort and privacy
· There are complete records of every examination, which are available for easy retrieval and review
· Policies are in place to ensure patient safety, confidentiality and prevent transmission of infectious disease
· The ultrasound equipment is properly maintained and calibrated
· All the physicians and sonographers in the practice have documented training and experience, as well as the appropriate credentials
· Physicians and sonographers receive continuing medical education in the specialty