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Atrium Medical Center Earns Nuclear Cardiology Accreditation

Middletown, Ohio, August 6, 2010—For the third consecutive time, Atrium Medical Center’s Nuclear Cardiology Department has earned a three-year accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories (ICANL). Accreditation status signifies that Atrium’s Nuclear Cardiology Department has been reviewed and recognized for its commitment to high quality patient care and its provision of quality diagnostic testing.

Both the pump function and the blood flow of the heart are assessed during nuclear cardiology testing procedures. As a result, physicians are able to detect the presence of cardiovascular disease and may also discover important information regarding the occurrence of future heart attacks. A complex imaging technique, nuclear cardiology testing relies on the experience and training of both the physician and the technologist. Their interpretive and technical abilities determine the diagnostic accuracy of the examination. The ICANL evaluated the quality of these and other critical elements of Atrium Medical Center’s Nuclear Cardiology Department before granting accreditation.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and one American dies every 32 seconds of cardiovascular disease, disorders of the heart and blood vessels. Each year, approximately five and a half million stress nuclear cardiology studies are performed in the United States.