South Florida Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine has been awarded the Gold Seal of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) accreditation, representing the highest level of image quality and patient safety.

The three-year term of MRI accreditation, valid until 2023, is the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR Gold Seal of accreditation is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.

“Earning the ACR Gold Standard of Accreditation keeps us mindful of the reason we’re here –  to take care of those in need of our services in this community,” says William Carlson, M.D., president of South Florida Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. “We want to thank the patients who have entrusted us with their care. Everyone should know that we’re committed to providing our patients with the best treatment available anywhere.”

MRI is a noninvasive medical test that uses magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts. The exam helps physicians diagnose and treat an array of medical conditions.

The ACR, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science, and professions of radiological care. The College serves more than 37,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

To achieve the ACR Gold Standard of Accreditation, each facility’s personnel qualifications, equipment requirements, quality assurance, and quality control procedures go through a rigorous review process and meet specific criteria. Every aspect of the ACR accreditation process is overseen by board-certified, expert radiologists and medical physicists in advanced diagnostic imaging.