CHH New PET/CT Service Earns Accreditation

petct-scanner(Torrington, CT)  The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) PET/CT service has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in positron emission tomography (PET) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

The PET/CT scan is useful in detecting cancer, assessing the effectiveness of treatment, and determining if cancer has returned or spread. A PET scan looks at the biologic activity of a tumor while a CT scan gives anatomic information such as exact location, size and shape of a tumor. PET/CT images are reconstructed by computer analysis and examined by a radiologist who specializes in interpreting these images.

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Radiology Department recently upgraded its PET services with

the introduction of a new state-of-the-art PET/CT scanner at 220 Kennedy Drive, Torrington. The Siemens Biograph™ TruePoint™ scanner is a flexible, high-powered medical imaging device that combines PET (positron emission tomography) with CT (computerized Tomography) technology that offers physicians more detailed information to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other illnesses.

“We are very pleased to have received this designation, and to offer a scanner that completely integrates the functional sensitivity of PET scans with the clearer detail of a diagnostic multislice CT scans. These scans will give medical professionals more data and tools for their diagnosis and treatments.” said Patty Sullivan-Polletta, CHH Administrative Director.

PET/CT services are offered Monday and Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Medical providers should call (860) 496-6860 to book an appointment through the CHH centralized scheduling department.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.

The ACR, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. The College serves more than 37,000 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.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. One-Thousand Employees, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for information.

 

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