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Nuclear Medicine, MRI at Texas Health Denton Receive Accreditation
08/27/2010

DENTON, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in Nuclear Medicine for both of its gamma cameras as well as for its MRI. The accreditation is the result of a survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The hospital voluntarily chose to pursue the accreditation, further demonstrating its commitment to quality patient care and safety.

"I'm very proud of our team and of the dedication they had to completing the rigorous (survey) process," said Scott Seese, director of medical imaging at Texas Health Denton. "We strive for excellence in all that we do."

The ACR awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. They assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of facility equipment.

Nuclear medicine is a field that can almost seem like science fiction. However, Seese explained that it is really very straightforward.

"In most imaging modalities, we send energy into the body," he said. "For example, an MRI sends a pulse, an ultrasound sends sound waves and CT/Radiography sends x-rays. In nuclear medicine, it is almost the opposite."

Nuclear medicine uses small amounts of radioactive material called a radiopharmaceutical or a radiotracer, which is injected into a vein or swallowed and then travels to the intended organ. The gamma camera works together with a computer to measure the amount of radiotracer, or energy, absorbed by the body and then it produces special pictures that offer details on both the structure and function of organs and other internal body parts that clinicians cannot obtain by other methods.

Nuclear medicine procedures are most commonly performed to:

  • Analyze kidney function
  • Visualize heart blood flow and function
  • Scan lungs for respiratory and blood flow problems
  • Identify blockages in the gallbladder
  • Evaluate bones for fracture, infection, arthritis and tumors
  • Determine the presence or spread of cancer
  • Identify bleeding into the bowel
  • Locate the presence of infection
  • Measure thyroid function
  • Investigate abnormalities in the brain

To learn more about nuclear medicine procedures, visit TexasHealth.org.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton is a 255-bed acute-care, full-service hospital serving North Texas and southern Oklahoma. The hospital’s services include emergency services, medical imaging, surgical services and women’s services. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Denton has nearly 1,000 employees and more than 300 physicians on the medical staff practicing in more than 43 specialties. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Denton.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health is a partner in eight additional hospitals or surgery centers. Texas Health Physicians Group provides a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health SingleSource Staffing is a joint venture designed to help Texas Health hospitals improve patient care by recruiting and retaining quality nurses and allied healthcare professionals.

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