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ACR-ASTRO Accreditation

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (September 26, 2012)—The Geaton and JoAnne DeCesaris Cancer Institute at Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) has earned a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).

The radiation oncology program at the DeCesaris Cancer Institute provides a variety of therapies for cancer care. The team, including radiation oncologists, dosemitrists, radiation therapists and specially trained nurses, treats a variety of cancers with the most focused and accurate technologies available.

Guided by physicians whose specialties span the disciplines of radiation oncology, physics and radiology, treatments identify and “map” the location of tumors with extraordinary precision. Radiation therapy, or radiotherapy, uses ionizing radiation to treat malignant cancer cells and shrink tumors. It is often combined with other treatments, such as surgery, hormone therapy and chemotherapy.

The ACR-ASTRO seal of accreditation represents the highest level of quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting specific practice guidelines and technical standards developed by ACR and ASTRO after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified radiation oncologists and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Patient care and treatment, patient safety, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR-ASTRO Committee on Radiation Oncology Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 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. ASTRO is a professional organization serving more than 10,000 radiation oncologists, medical physicists and other health care professionals involved in the treatment of cancer patients.

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