Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Receives Prestigious Designation for Diagnostic Imaging

May 18, 2017

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has been designated a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence™ (DICOE) by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

In addition to the main campus, Children's three ambulatory care centers: Children's North in Wexford, Children's East in Monroeville and Children’s South in South Fayette have received the designation.

The DICOE program, which represents the pinnacle of medical imaging care, is an achievement that goes beyond accreditation to recognize best-quality imaging practices and diagnostic care.

“As a leading children’s hospital that attracts patients from around the world for all levels of care, our radiology department is challenged with providing complex diagnostic imaging in a fast-paced environment,” said Kathleen Kapsin, director of radiology, Children’s Hospital. “This designation speaks to the compassion, dedication and skill with which all of our staff technologists, nurses and physicians approach this challenge. We’re honored to have achieved this recognition.”

The DICOE designation recognizes excellence at multiple levels — including the professional staff, the technology, and the policies and procedures the organization follows — and superior patient care.

To receive this elite distinction, facilities must be accredited by the ACR in all modalities they provide, and in which the ACR offers an accreditation program. Another requirement is to participate in the Dose Index Registry® and General Radiology Improvement Database, as well as Image Wisely® and Image Gently®.

The ACR, founded in 1924, is one of the largest and most influential medical associations in the United States. The ACR devotes its resources to making imaging and radiation therapy safe, effective and accessible to those who need it. Its 36,000 members include radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, interventional radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians.

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