Advanced Vein Care Center, one of the premier treatment centers in New England for venous diseases, has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in ultrasound after an extensive review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Ultrasound imaging, also known as sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of internal body parts to help providers diagnose illness, injury or other medical problems.

“Quality vein treatments begin with an accurate and complete ultrasound examination,” said Dr. K. Francis Lee, medical director, Advanced Vein Care Center. “We are committed to providing our patients with the highest level of expertise and testing, which is why we seek this accreditation.”

Dr. Lee and his clinical team, which includes four registered vascular technologists, use the latest ultrasound technology to create a map of the anatomy of a patient’s leg veins and the specific locations of venous insufficiency. This condition occurs when the valves in the veins malfunction, causing blood to pool inside the veins in the legs resulting in varicose veins and other issues.

Vein mapping provides a detailed evaluation of the patient’s venous physiology and serves as an essential guide during the treatment process for patients with varicose or spider veins.

ACR accreditation is the gold standard in imaging accreditation, representing the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards, following a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.

The ACR, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. It serves more than 37,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

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