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Fort Hamilton Hospital echocardiography lab receives national reaccreditation

January 16, 2018

Fort Hamilton Hospital’s echocardiography laboratory has been reaccredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in the area of adult transthoracic.

Echocardiography, also called an echo test or heart ultrasound, is a test that takes “moving pictures” of the heart with sound waves. It is used to assess different areas of the heart and can detect heart disease or signs of serious conditions. Transthoracic echocardiography is the most commonly performed cardiac ultrasound examination and is non-invasive.

Accreditation by the IAC means that Fort Hamilton Hospital’s echocardiography laboratory has undergone an intensive application and review process, is found to be compliance with published standards and demonstrates a commitment to quality patient care in echocardiography. IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indicator of consistent quality care and a dedication to continuous improvement.

IAC accreditation is widely respected in the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to echocardiography, which include physicians and sonographers. To date, the IAC accrediting divisions have granted accreditation to more than 14,000 sites throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.