Local briefs, Jan. 20

Jan. 19, 2013 @ 07:25 PM

Federal retiree group to meet

DURHAM -- The Durham Chapter of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) will meet Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 11 a.m. at Bullock's Barbeque, 3330 Quebec Drive at Lasalle Street. A representative from Blue Cross Blue Shield will brief members on 2013 health benefits in relation to the new health care law.

All retirees are urged to attend. For further information, call 919-477-3795.


Durham Regional Hospital earns radiology accreditation

DURHAM -- Durham Regional Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology.

“Being accredited by the ACR is something our department and staff are very proud of,” says Paula Whitfield, MRI supervisor at Durham Regional. “ACR accreditation is recognized as the gold standard in medical imaging. When you see the ACR gold seal, you know the facility has undergone a rigorous review process, staff are well qualified to perform your procedure and the equipment takes optimal images.” 

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, staff qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed.

MRI is a noninvasive medical test that uses magnetic fields to create images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Durham Regional has two MRI scanners and offers MRI of the head, spine and body, as well as musculoskeletal MRI and magnetic resonance angiography.

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.