WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in ultrasound at its University Town Centre location, as the result of an extensive review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

The organization was already accredited in ultrasound by the ACR at its other locations: Ruby Memorial Hospital, Physician Office Center, and Cheat Lake Physicians,

Ultrasound imaging, also known as sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of internal body parts to help providers diagnose illness, injury, or other medical problems.

“We are extremely proud to be fully accredited in ultrasound, as it is not an easy task,” said Crystal Rosenberger, diagnostic manager in Radiology. “Our teams strive hard – every day – to ensure our patients receive the highest quality of care. This accreditation validates all of their hard work.”

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is only awarded to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards, following a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.

The ACR has accredited more than 38,000 facilities in 10 imaging modalities. It offers accreditation programs in CT, MRI, breast MRI, nuclear medicine, and PET as mandated under the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act, as well as for modalities mandated under the Mammography Quality Standards Act.