Nuclear Medicine at Summit Medical Group Earns ACR Re-Accreditation

Summit Medical Group’s Nuclear Medicine Service received approval for re-accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR)

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Nuclear stress testing is an extremely accurate method of determining if chest pain is caused by severe coronary blockages

Berkeley Heights (Vocus) February 3, 2010

Summit Medical Group’s Nuclear Medicine Service received approval for re-accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for the period of January 2010 through January 2013. Accreditation by the ACR is awarded to those institutions that show quality care and patient safety in nuclear imaging. The ACR, founded in 1923, is a professional medical organization composed of diagnostic radiologists, radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists.

Nuclear medicine studies at Summit Medical Group include the specialties of Cardiology, Endocrinology, Oncology, and Radiology. For people with cardiac, or thyroid, or cancer problems, nuclear imaging uses safe, painless, and cost-effective techniques to image the body and treat disease. “Nuclear stress testing is an extremely accurate method of determining if chest pain is caused by severe coronary blockages,” said Dr. Robert Slama, Chief of Cardiology at Summit Medical Group. Nuclear medicine imaging is unique, because it provides doctors with information about both the structure and function of the body.

Cancer patients receiving chemotherapy are often monitored for chemotherapy-related cardiac abnormalities using a MUGA scan (Multi Gated Acquisition Scan), according to Dr. Michael Wax, head of Oncology at Summit Medical Group. “For patients with thyroid abnormalities, nuclear medicine studies allow diagnosis and treatment and with ultrasound provide full thyroid services,” said Dr. Robert Rosenbaum, endocrinologist at Summit Medical Group.

Nuclear medicine imaging procedures often identify abnormalities very early in the progress of a disease, long before many medical problems are apparent with other diagnostic tests. It is a way to gather medical information that would otherwise be unavailable, require surgery, or necessitate more expensive diagnostic tests.

About Summit Medical Group
Summit Medical Group pioneered information technology advances in healthcare with its early adoption of electronic health records and e-prescribing. With over 140 highly qualified physicians, it is one of the most unique healthcare models in the state. The Group has been named as one of the "Fifty Fastest Growing Companies" in the state by NJBiz Magazine and has a national award-winning customer service program. SMG treats over 55,000 patients per month at its main campus in Berkeley Heights, and area satellites in Berkeley Heights, Morristown, Shorts Hills, Summit, Warren, and Westfield.

Summit Medical Group plays a major role in the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) along with the Mayo Clinic, the Lahey Clinic and the Geisinger Clinic. As one of the premier multi-specialty groups on the East Coast, Summit Medical Group has provided exceptional primary and specialty care since 1929. For more information, visit http://www.summitmedicalgroup.com.

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