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Hospital heart center, nuclear lab accredited

The Nuclear Medicine Department of Halifax Regional Hospital and Halifax Heart Center have both received accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories (ICANL.) 

Accreditation status signifies that the facilities have been reviewed by an independent agency that recognizes the laboratories’ commitment to quality testing for the diagnosis of heart disease and issues with other major organ systems. 

The ICANL, established with support from the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, the Society of Nuclear Medicine, the Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologist Section, the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Nuclear Medicine, the Academy of Molecular Imaging and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, provides a peer review mechanism to encourage and recognize the provision of quality nuclear cardiology and nuclear medicine diagnostic evaluations by a process of voluntary accreditation. A non-profit organization, the ICANL is dedicated to ensuring high quality patient care and to promoting health care.

Private offices, clinics and departments within hospitals that are accredited by the ICANL voluntarily submit to a review of their daily operations. By participating in the accreditation process, these medical facilities demonstrate a commitment to the performance of quality nuclear medicine and to meeting nationally recognized standards.

“It is very prestigious to be granted this certification,” said Dr. Habib Bassil, cardiologist with Halifax Heart Center. “Certification by ICANL is well recognized and well respected in the field.”

More than 10 million nuclear medicine imaging and therapeutic procedures are performed each year in the United States in more than 3900 nuclear medicine departments currently in operation. The imaging procedure is effectively used in a broad range of medical specialties from cardiology to pediatrics to safely diagnose and even treat disease. Nuclear medicine tests are used as cardiac stress tests to analyze the heart, in bone scans for orthopedic injuries, lung scans for blood clots and liver and gall bladder procedures to diagnose abnormal function or blockage. In children, nuclear medicine tests are used to evaluate bone pain, injuries, infection or kidney and bladder function.

There are more than 100 different nuclear medicine tests available that are capable of diagnosing or ruling out diseases in every major organ system in earlier stages than other available medical procedures. 

The ICANL accreditation program evaluates the quality of critical elements of nuclear medicine facilities, offering a method for laboratories to demonstrate the level of care provided to patients.  

Halifax Heart Center and Halifax Regional Hospital Nuclear Medicine Department are two of a growing number of nuclear medicine laboratories in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico to be recognized by the ICANL for their commitment to high quality patient care and their provision of quality diagnostic testing.