GVCH Receives ACR Accreditation


Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital's imaging services and the Breast Care Center have received accreditation from the American College of Radiology for CT, Mammography, and Stereotatic imaging. This is the first time GVCH  has received accreditation for CT scanning and stereotatic breast biopsy.


American College of Radiology (ACR) accreditation is a peer-reviewed, educationally-focused evaluation process to help assure the highest level of image quality and safety. It documents that the facility meets accreditation requirements for equipment, continuing education and personnel. Clinical and phantom image quality review as well as radiation dose assessments are critical elements of accreditation.


ACR accreditation indicates:

  • The hospital has voluntarily gone through a rigorous review process to be sure it meets nationally accepted standards.
  • The personnel are well qualified, through education and certification, to perform and interpret medical images and administer radiation therapy treatments.
  • The equipment is appropriate for the test or treatment.
  • The facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines.

Different modalities (tests and equipment) are used in diagnostic imaging. These include computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine, positron emission tomography (PET), ultrasound, mammography*, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound, and breast MRI. The ACR accredits each of these "modalities" separately, so look for each modality’s accreditation seal.