North State Radiology voluntarily goes through a rigorous review process to ensure that we meet nationally accepted standards in medical imaging. Our personnel are well qualified to perform your medical imaging exams, and our facilities meet or exceed quality assurance and safety guidelines.
American College of Radiology (ACR)
North State Radiology is a proud member of the American College of Radiology (ACR). Visit their website to learn about the many ways the College works to advance the radiology profession and make health care better.
We have received accreditation from the American College of Radiology for the following imaging modalities:
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
The MRI Accreditation Program evaluates the qualifications of personnel, the quality control program, MR safety policies and image quality specific to MRI. All providers that bill for MRI under part B of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule must be accredited in order to receive technical component reimbursement from Medicare.
Computed Tomography (CT)
The CT Accreditation Program involves the acquisition of clinical and phantom images, dose measurements and the submission of scanning protocols. Providers that bill for CT under part B of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule must be accredited in order to receive technical component reimbursement from Medicare.
View our Computed Tomography (CT) Certificates
Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
The Nuclear Medicine Accreditation Program involves the acquisition of clinical and phantom images and corresponding data for each unit. All providers that bill for nuclear medicine and PET under part B of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule must be accredited in order to receive technical component reimbursement from Medicare.
View our Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Certificate
The Breast MRI Accreditation Program provides facilities with peer review and constructive feedback on staff qualifications, equipment, quality control, quality assurance, MR safety policies and image quality.
View our Breast MRI Certificate
The Mammography Accreditation Program provides peer review and feedback on staff qualifications, equipment, quality control and assurance, image quality and dose. Accreditation is required for all U.S. facilities.
View our Mammography Certificate
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
The Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Accreditation Program provides facilities performing stereotactic breast biopsy procedures with peer review and constructive feedback on their staff’s qualifications, equipment, quality control, quality assurance, accuracy of needle placement, image quality and dose.
For further information regarding ACR Accreditation, please visit the ACR website.
Accreditation Frequently Asked Questions
What should I know about radiation safety?
Before your imaging procedure be sure to ask your physician the following questions:
- Why is the test needed?
- How will having the test improve my care?
- Are there alternatives that do not use radiation and deliver similar results?
- Is the facility accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR)?
- Are pediatric and adult tests delivered using the appropriate radiation doses?
Why should I have my imaging exam done at an accredited facility?
When you see the gold seals of accreditation prominently displayed in our imaging facility, you can be sure that you are in a facility that meets standards for imaging quality and safety. Look for the ACR Gold Seals of Accreditation.
To achieve the ACR Gold Standard of 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 radiologists and medical physicists in advanced diagnostic imaging.
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 perform medical imaging, interpret your images, and administer your radiation therapy treatments.
- Our equipment is appropriate for the test or treatment you will receive, and our facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines.
What does the gold seal mean?
When you see the ACR gold seal, you can rest assured that your prescribed imaging test will be done at a facility that has met the highest level of imaging 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), the largest and oldest imaging accrediting body in the U.S. and a professional organization of 34,000 physicians.
Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) Certification
Chico Breast Care Center is an FDA Certified Mammography Facility and meets baseline quality standards for equipment, personnel, and practices under the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA). For further information about MQSA Certification, please visit the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) website.
National Quality Measures for Breast Centers (NQMBC)
Chico Breast Care Center has been designated as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers program, which is administered by the National Consortium of Breast Centers, Inc. The program is aimed at measuring and improving the quality of breast health care provided by imaging professionals to their patients. Chico Breast Care Center is 1 of only 6 centers in California to achieve this designation. For more information on this program, visit nqmbc.org.
The Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging
North Valley Advanced Imaging has successfully achieved accreditation in CT for pediatric imaging by demonstrating our ability to image pediatric patients with appropriate radiation doses. For further information, please visit the Image Gently website.
American Board of Radiology (ABR)
All North State Radiology physicians are board certified by the American Board of Radiology. For additional information on certification standards, please visit the ABR website.