Cheyenne Radiology recently added a landmark achievement to its 60-plus-year history, becoming one of first 10 institutions in the United States to earn the prestigious Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence (DICOE) designation from the American College of Radiology (ACR).
Awarded to organizations that provide the highest levels of imaging quality, safety and care—as determined by the ACR’s extensive assessment process—DICOE designation represents an elite accomplishment in radiological medicine.
And, as Cheyenne Radiology became the first institution west of the Mississippi River to ever receive such an accreditation, it was also an historic one.
“It’s an external acknowledgement for what we were already achieving internally,” Cheyenne Radiology CEO David Haid said. “We are very pleased to receive this designation because it symbolizes our organization’s commitment to providing excellence in radiological healthcare and truly making a difference in our patients’ lives.”
In order to receive DICOE designation, Cheyenne Radiology underwent a comprehensive assessment process that evaluated the organization on the criteria of quality, safety, procedure and personnel—and was administered by an ACR survey team consisting of a radiologist, a medical physicist and the assistant director of the DICOE program.
Qualifying organizations also must be ACR accredited in all modalities for which ACR accreditation is offered, and they must maintain Image Gently and Image Wisely pledges—a pair of national programs that advocate for using the lowest radiation doses possible in the imaging of children and for radiation safety in adult medical imaging.
The DICOE designation remains effective for the next three years and ultimately is representative of Cheyenne Radiology’s lasting commitment to providing the most comprehensive and accurate care possible.
“We feel that it’s important to provide the best for our patients in order to become better as an organization,” Haid said. “That’s why we continue to pursue the highest levels of accreditation and certification.”