It may take a little digging, but if you want the best health care, it is worth taking the time to learn the hallmarks of excellent radiology and using the tools available to you.
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Committed to quality
Strategic Radiology operates the only Patient Safety Organization in the United States that is dedicated solely to the improvement of safety and quality in medical imaging.
Clear and concise reports.
The radiology report should provide an accurate, definitive diagnosis and foster a collaborative discussion with the referring physician in order to make the best patient care decisions.
Stewards of radiation and MR safety
Medical imaging technology is high technology and requires diligent maintenance and surveillance by the radiologists and a medical physicist. Use a facility with a strong focus on patient safety.
Well-trained and certified technologists
Technologists are responsible for positioning the patient and making sure the images are of diagnostic quality. Training, certification, and consistent feedback from radiologists are critical elements of an excellent radiology program.
The best technology
State-of-the-art imaging technology is expensive, but often provides superior images and can lower radiation dose. Some facilities cut corners by failing to invest in the most current technology or replace old technology.
Check to see if your provider is accredited by the American College of Radiology, which recognizes excellent radiology programs, with special Center of Excellence designations for breast imaging, lung cancer screening.
Talk to your primary care, internist or other referring physician to get their informed recommendation for the best radiology group for your care. These questions can help you determine if your radiology provider is of the highest quality:
Internet search tips
Use these tips to guide your internet search for subspecialty radiology groups in your local area. There are many sites for locating physicians, but some can be difficult to navigate and even misleading.