Published on December 03, 2019

Medical Center Earns Accreditation in Echocardiography

The Echo and Vascular Laboratory at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena was recently granted a three-year term of accreditation in adult transthoracic echocardiography by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). This accreditation demonstrates the Medical Center's ongoing commitment to providing quality health care.

An echocardiography is a type of non-invasive test that uses sound waves to create moving pictures of the heart to determine how well the heart's chambers and valves are working. It can also pinpoint areas of heart muscle that aren't contracting well because of poor blood flow or injury from a previous heart attack. There are many factors that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on an echocardiography test. These include the training and experience of the sonographer performing the test, the type of equipment used, as well as the quality assessment metrics the facility is required to measure. Accreditation by the IAC is a "seal of approval" that patients can rely on as an indicator of consistent quality care and a dedication to continuous improvement.

Accreditation in echocardiography indicates that MidMichigan’s Echo and Vascular Laboratory has undergone an intensive application and review process and is found to be in compliance with published standards by the IAC. The accreditation process is comprised of a detailed self-evaluation, followed by a thorough review by a panel of medical experts. The accreditation process enables both the critical operational and technical components of the applicant facility to be assessed, including representative case studies and their corresponding final reports.

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