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St. Francis health! - Summer 2014

About College of Radiation Oncology (ACR) Accreditation

ACR with captionWhen you see the ACR seal you can rest assured that your treatment will be done at a facility that has met the highest level of quality and radiation safety. The facility and its personnel have gone through a comprehensive review to earn accreditation status by the American College of Radiology (ACR), a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists.

The ACR seal is awarded only to facilities meeting exacting practice guidelines and technical standards. Assessment areas include:

  • patient care and treatment
  • patient safety
  • staff qualifications
  • adequacy of facility equipment
  • quality control procedures
  • quality assurance programs

Frequently asked questions

What should I ask before I begin radiation therapy treatments?

  • will my treatments be given by qualified physicians and staff?
  • does the facility have the equipment I need to receive safe and up-to-date cancer treatment?
  • is the facility accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR)?

Why should I have my treatments at an accredited facility?
A diagnosis of cancer is usually a life-changing experience for patients and their loved ones. As they seek treatment for their disease, cancer patients need to know that they are receiving safe and appropriate care. To achieve ACR accreditation, our facility’s personnel qualifications, equipment requirements quality assurance and quality control procedures have gone through a rigorous review process and have met specific qualifications. It’s important for patients to know that every aspect of the ACR accreditation process is overseen by board-certified, expert radiation oncologists and medical physicists.


What does ACR accreditation mean?

  • our facility has voluntarily gone through a vigorous review process to ensure that we meet nationally accepted standards of care
  • our personnel are well qualified through education and certification to administer your radiation therapy treatments
  • our equipment is appropriate for the treatment you will receive, and our facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines

About the ACR

The ACR is the nation’s oldest and most widely accepted radiation oncology accrediting body. The ACR 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 after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified radiation oncologists and medical physicists who are experts in the field. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Radiation Oncology Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement. Learn more about ACR accreditation.