Oct. 6, 2006
UPMC Cardiovascular Institute receives
nuclear cardiology accreditation for outpatient sites
The UPMC Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) has been granted accreditation as a nuclear cardiology laboratory by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories (ICANL). The accreditation award encompasses all CVI outpatient offices that perform nuclear cardiology testing, including the University Center, Century Cardiac at Mon Valley, Century Cardiac at White Oak, North Hills, Latrobe, and St. Margaret office locations. CVI’s inpatient lab at UPMC Presbyterian has been accredited by ICANL since 2002.
ICANL is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring and promoting high-quality patient care in diagnostic testing laboratories. It awards accreditation to laboratories that exhibit a commitment to providing high-quality nuclear cardiology or nuclear medicine diagnostic testing.
Nuclear cardiology diagnostic testing is complex, noninvasive, and involves small amounts of a radioactive element, or radioisotope. Technologists and physicians must be highly experienced in this type of testing because diagnostic accuracy is determined by their ability to perform testing and interpret results with precision.
CVI is one of the first nuclear cardiology laboratories in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico to be awarded accreditation by the ICANL. The accreditation status signifies to the international nuclear medicine community that the CVI exhibits exemplary patient care in nuclear cardiology testing.
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