LAS VEGAS – Desert Radiology, a premier diagnostic imaging practice that has served Southern Nevada for more than 50 years, announced today it received a renewal as a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence™ (DICOE) from the American College of Radiology (ACR), a designation that represents the pinnacle of medical imaging services. Desert Radiology was the first outpatient imaging practice ever in Nevada to receive this recognition in 2015.
This prestigious distinction reflects Desert Radiology’s continued high standard of care since it became the first practice in Nevada to earn the DICOE designation, which honors excellence in imaging efficiency, safety and quality care.
One of the largest medical associations in the United States, the ACR awards the DICOE designation based on a comprehensive assessment of a medical imaging practice, including facility organization and management; equipment and IT infrastructure; radiation and general safety; quality management; patient rights; policies and procedures and more.
The ACR strives to raise standards of value-based care through the DICOE program, created for facilities aiming to surpass ACR Accreditation. Considered the gold standard of medical imaging, ACR Accreditation documents facilities that meet requirements for equipment, medical personnel and quality assurance.
“The DICOE designation serves as the very top level of care in our industry, and to maintain this status reflects our team’s dedication to providing Southern Nevadans with the best possible medical imaging services,” said Rich Bodager, CEO and executive vice president of Desert Radiology. “Our physicians and team members look forward to providing the safest and highest quality of care for many years to come.”
A facility becomes eligible to receive a DICOE designation by meeting a variety of criteria, including receiving ACR Accreditation in all modalities that ACR offers accreditation, participation in the Dose Index Registry® and General Radiology Improvement Database, pledging to Image Gently® and Image Wisely®, and participation in a site survey conducted by an ACR survey team.
Desert Radiology is Southern Nevada’s largest resource for diagnostic care, with more than 80 experienced radiologists. The practice operates 11 outpatient imaging centers and works closely with 12 area hospitals to deliver leading-edge services that include diagnostic and interventional radiology.
About Desert Radiology
Founded in 1966, Desert Radiology has grown to be the largest radiology practice in Nevada and is ranked among the top 25 practices in the country on the Radiology Business Journal’s Radiology 100. With an emphasis on high-quality, prompt diagnostic care and innovative technology, the company’s specialized team of over 80 board-certified radiologists serves more than 40,000 patients every month through its 11 facilities across Las Vegas, Henderson and Pahrump. Through 55 years of service, Desert Radiology maintains longstanding key relationships with 11 hospitals, a large cancer center, a group of multispecialty medical centers and many other facilities in Southern Nevada. Designated as a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence, Desert Radiology prides itself in being a valued community partner to its patients and many local nonprofit organizations. The practice is the exclusive provider of radiology services to multiple Las Vegas professional sports teams including the Vegas Golden Knights, Las Vegas Aces, and Las Vegas Lights FC. For more information, visit www.desertrad.com, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/desertradiology.
Maddie Skains, MassMedia