Parklane Radiology, based at Netcare Park
Lane Hospital in Johannesburg, has been awarded a three-year term of
accreditation for its mammography imaging service following a recent review by
the American College of Radiology (ACR). It is the only facility in South
Africa to have its service recognised in this way.

“The ACR golden seal of accreditation
represents international recognition of the mammography services offered by
Parklane Radiology in terms of high image quality and patient safety,” affirms
diagnostic radiologist Dr Peter Schoub, who established a comprehensive women’s
imaging service at Netcare Park Lane Hospital in 2012 in partnership with Dr
Harry Said. Dr Pam Smilg joined the practice in 2018.

“The ACR Committee on Accreditation awards
this recognition only to those facilities meeting ACR practice parameters and
technical standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified
physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field,” explains Dr

He adds that the ACR accreditation team
assesses such aspects as image quality, personnel qualifications, facility
equipment and technologies, quality control procedures and quality assurance
programmes. The team’s findings are reported to the ACR Committee on
Accreditation, and the imaging practice is thereafter provided with a
comprehensive report detailing its strengths, as well as areas where
improvement is required.

“Not only does ACR accreditation require
the upholding of standards going forward, but the reports can be used for the
ongoing improvement and development of the practice. It is our goal to achieve
accreditation for all the modalities used in breast imaging,” Dr Schoub adds.

The ACR, which was founded in 1924 and is
based in the United States, is a professional medical society dedicated to
serving patients and societies, by empowering radiology professionals to
advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care.

The society serves more than 37 000
diagnostic and interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear
medicine physicians, and medical physicists globally, with programmes focusing
on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of
comprehensive healthcare services.

“The two ACR accreditations achieved by
Parklane Radiology, both firsts in South Africa, represent a tremendous
achievement, and deserve every recognition. For patients the accreditations
provide the assurance that the highest standards of mammography and MRI imaging
and services are available at the facility,” concludes Dr Schoub.