The MRI unit of Waldo County General Hospital has been awarded a three-year renewal of its accreditation through the American College of Radiology. This is the first accreditation on its new equipment with a magnet that is 50 percent stronger, which means patient imaging time is faster and of higher resolution.

The ACR grants accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. They assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of the facility’s equipment and report their findings to the ACR’s Committee on Accreditation.

The ACR is a national organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic and interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists and nuclear medicine and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

In addition to MRIs, the imaging department at WCGH is ACR-accredited in mammography, nuclear medicine and ultrasound services.