Augusta Health Honored with Designation of ACR Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence


Date: July 1, 2024
Categories: Press Release

FISHERSVILLE, VIRGINIA— Augusta Health’s Imaging Center at the Outpatient Pavilion has been honored with the Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence® (DICOE) designation by the American College of Radiology® (ACR®). The DICOE program signifies the highest standard of medical imaging care, going beyond accreditation to acknowledge top-quality imaging practices and diagnostic care. This comprehensive assessment evaluates the entire medical imaging enterprise, including its structure and outcomes. The DICOE designation recognizes excellence at multiple levels, encompassing the professional staff, technology, organizational policies and procedures, and superior patient care.

To attain the highest designation, facilities must be accredited by the ACR for all the imaging methods for which the ACR offers an accreditation program. Additionally, they must participate in two ACR National Radiology Data Registries (NRDR®) and in Image Wisely® and Image Gently® programs. Facilities undergo surveys conducted by a team of medical imaging experts to provide third-party analysis of patient care, quality, and radiation safety. This DICOE accreditation represents the highest level of achievement in the medical imaging field, and it is a distinction that very few imaging facilities have attained.

“This achievement is truly remarkable for Augusta Health,” said Jesse Johnson. “The Radiology team set a goal to earn the Center of Excellence designation for our Outpatient Pavilion Imaging Center, and we have now achieved that goal through hard work, attention to detail, and perseverance. Today, Augusta Health is the only medical imaging facility west of Richmond along the I-81 corridor from West Virginia to Tennessee to hold this designation. This is a testament to the Radiology team’s dedication to our service to this community.”

On May 6, Augusta Health’s Outpatient Pavilion Imaging Center became the 21st imaging facility in Virginia to obtain DICOE accreditation. Nationwide, there are 35,000 ACR-accredited facilities, and approximately 750 facilities have a DICOE designation. This places Augusta Health in elite company with the other 2% of facilities in the nation to achieve this level of quality.

About the American College of Radiology

The American College of Radiology (ACR), founded in 1924, is a 42,000-member medical association that advances patient care, medical practice and collaborative results through advocacy, quality standards, research and education.