Nicklaus Children's Hospital Earns American College of Radiology's DICOE Designation
Saturday, September 02, 2023
Nicklaus Children's Hospital has achieved the prestigious designation of Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence® (DICOE) from the American College of Radiology (ACR). This recognition demonstrates a commitment to maintaining the highest standards in medical imaging care, encompassing quality imaging practices and diagnostic excellence throughout the entirety of the medical imaging operation, including its structure and outcomes.
The DICOE designation acknowledges excellence on various fronts, including the expertise of the professional staff, the utilization of advanced technology, and adherence to best practices and procedures, all of which contribute to delivering superior patient care.
Sheryl Selinsky, Executive Director of Diagnostic Services, emphasized the critical role of quality diagnostic imaging in achieving medical excellence. She expressed immense pride in the hospital's innovative and child-friendly imaging programs, highlighting their invaluable contributions to serving children and families in South Florida and beyond. The DICOE designation further solidifies Nicklaus Children's Hospital's reputation as a premier institution for pediatric care.
Dr. L. Santiago Medina, MD, MPH, Associate Director of Radiology and Director of Neuroradiology, highlighted the department's longstanding commitment to quality improvement and the adoption of stringent ACR metrics. The department's ultimate goal is to ensure that every patient receives the best diagnostic study, knowing that it profoundly impacts their overall health outcomes.
To attain this esteemed distinction, facilities must be accredited by the ACR in all modalities they offer, within the scope of the ACR's accreditation programs. Additionally, participation in the Dose Index Registry® and General Radiology Improvement Database, along with compliance with Image Wisely® and Image Gently® guidelines, are prerequisites.
The American College of Radiology (ACR), founded in 1924, is one of the largest and most influential medical associations in the United States. Its mission is dedicated to making imaging and radiation therapy safe, effective, and accessible for those who require these services. With a membership of 38,000, the ACR encompasses professionals such as radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, interventional radiologists, and nuclear medicine physicians.