ICANL Deems TBHC Accredited Nuclear Laboratory


ICANL Deems TBHC Accredited Nuclear Laboratory

April 12, 2005

an appointment with the Department of Nuclear Medicine
The Brooklyn Hospital Center located in Brooklyn, NY, was granted accreditation by ICANL. The facility is one of the first hospital-based nuclear medicine laboratories in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico to receive recognition for its commitment to high-quality patient care and its provision of quality diagnostic testing. This prestigious accreditation proves that nationally accepted standards are met, and that the personnel involved in patient care are well qualified through certification and continuing education.

The Nuclear Medicine Department of The Brooklyn Hospital Center has always been a center of excellence in providing quality care to our patients. Our goal is to deliver efficient diagnostic and therapeutic procedures requiring the use of radiopharmaceuticals to all patients who require such procedures. We are fully equipped with three modern dual head gamma cameras, one single head gamma camera, and a state-of-the-art thyroid uptake probe, which is used for a full range of studies, including cardiac imaging.

Our Board Certified Attending Physicians, In Suk Seo, MD, Director of Nuclear Medicine; Kenneth Ong, MD, Acting Chief of Cardiology; and Alain Fedida , MD , Co-Director of Nuclear Cardiology, provide all services. The entire staff - including Nuclear Medical Physicist, Ronald Kappes MS, Chief Technologist; Angelina Almonte, CNMT, RT (N), and all of the other well-qualified technologists - strive to offer exceptional care to our patients, and are determined to maintain a high quality standard of care.

More than 10 million nuclear medicine imaging and therapeutic procedures are performed each year in the United States . The imaging procedure is effectively used in a broad range of medical specialties, from pediatrics to cardiology to psychiatry, to safely diagnose and even treat disease. In children, nuclear medicine tests are used to evaluate bone pains, injuries, infection or kidney and bladder function. In adults, the test is used to identify and treat hyperthyroidism (Graves Disease), as cardiac stress tests to analyze the heart, bone scans for orthopedic injuries, lung scans for blood clots, and liver and gall bladder procedures to diagnose abnormal function or blockage.

There are more than 100 different nuclear medicine tests available, which are capable for diagnosing or ruling out diseases in every major organ system in earlier stages than other available medical procedures. None requires surgery or additional diagnostic evaluations. According to the Society of Nuclear Medicine, more than 3,900 hospital-based Nuclear Medicine departments currently operate in the United States . The Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories (ICANL) accreditation program evaluates the quality of critical elements of Nuclear Medicine facilities, offering a voluntary method for laboratories to demonstrate the level of care provided to patients.

The ICANL was established with the support of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, the Society of Nuclear Medicine, the Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologist Section, the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Nuclear Physicians, and the Academy of Molecular Imaging (formerly known as the Institute for Clinical PET). The ICANL provides a peer review mechanism to encourage and recognize the provision of quality nuclear cardiology and nuclear medicine diagnostic evaluations by a process of voluntary accreditation. A non-profit organization, the ICANL is dedicated to ensuring high quality patient care and to promoting health care.

Participation in the accreditation process is voluntary. Accreditation status signifies that the facility has been reviewed by an independent agency that recognizes the laboratory's commitment to quality testing for the diagnosis of heart disease.

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