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BUSINESS BEAT: Community Health Center receives accreditation for CT scanning program

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - The Community Health Center of Branch County has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in computed tomography (CT) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). CT scanning is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and tailor treatments for various medical conditions.

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 Guidelines 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 they can use for continuous practice improvement.

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 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.

Radiology chief CT technician, Jennifer Rose stated that, “achieving ACR accreditation for our CT scanner ensures that our patients receive high quality, low dose exams that are performed by skilled technologists and radiologists. Patients are concerned about radiation dose. They can be assured that CHC Radiology follows the ACR practice guidelines and follows their gold standards regarding radiation safety.” 

A CT scan produces a cross-sectional image of the human anatomy which helps the clinician to rule out or confirm the presence of a certain disease. A CT in some cases can be used to evaluate the extent of injuries to a trauma patient, such as someone involved in an automobile accident. During the non-invasive test, the patient is placed on a table and moved incrementally through the squared donut-shaped scanner while an X-ray beam is projected through cross sections of their anatomy. The X-ray energy passes through the patient and is recorded on electronic detectors in the scanner. The information is then sent to a specialized computer that reconstructs the information into individual slices and combines them sequentially into a comprehensive volume image of the entire area scanned. The thinner the slices, the more revealing the detail is in the resulting images and the more definitive the exam results.

Some tips to prepare for a CT scan include:

  • Some patients who are allergic to the intravenous dyes used in some CT scans may be required to take medication.
  • The patient may be required to stop eating or drinking four to six hours before the CT scan if a contrast is being used.
  • Patients need to remove metal jewelry before a CT scan.
  • The doctor should be informed about any medication that the patient is taking.
  • The patient should also inform the doctor about certain medical conditions of the patient such as pregnancy, allergy to any medication, heart problem, diabetes, kidney problem, asthma, and multiple myeloma.


The CHC Radiology department provides many services to the community including: Breast MRI; MRI/MRA; X-ray; CT scans; ultrasound; CT/CTA mammograms; nuclear medicine scans; bone density; fluoroscopy exams; and PET/CT. For more information about CT’s, CHC radiology services, or to schedule an appointment, please call CHC Radiology at 517-279-5416.

The Community Health Center of Branch County is a non-profit acute care hospital providing a high-quality, personalized experience to serve the healthcare needs of our communities and accredited by The Joint Commission.  For more information about CHC, please call the CHC Marketing Department at 517-279-5254 or visit the CHC website at www.chcbc.com.  Join us on Facebook, Google Plus, and LinkedIn.