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Published on October 27, 2011

Palos Community Hospital and Palos Diagnostic Center Earn MRI Accreditation

Palos Community Hospital and Palos Diagnostic Center in Tinley Park have each been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) by the American College of Radiology (ACR). MRI is a noninvasive medical test that uses magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety in the industry. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards following a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. To earn this honor, Palos Community Hospital and Palos Diagnostic Center underwent a thorough assessment of their MRI equipment and image quality, personnel qualifications, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs.

“Receiving MRI accreditation is recognition that the outpatient services Palos offers to the community are of the highest quality,” said Vicki McFarlane, Administrative Director of Radiology. “The qualifications and skills of our staff and the quality of our equipment and images are among the finest in the country.”

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 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.

Palos Community Hospital and Palos Diagnostic Center use state-of-the-art technology to provide one of the most comprehensive ranges of diagnostic and interventional imaging services in the south suburbs. Palos’ advanced services include digital mammography, MRI, PET/CT, intravascular ultrasound, dual-source computed tomography, and electrophysiology/ablation technology.

Tests at all Palos Community Hospital outpatient sites receive the same high quality processing and prompt attention as those performed at the hospital, and your physician will receive the results just as quickly. To make an appointment for outpatient testing at Palos, call 708-827-2030 or request an appointment online at

Palos Community Hospital’s long-standing mission has been to provide the highest quality health care available. By combining the medical expertise of highly skilled physicians, nurses and staff with state-of-the-art technology and a comprehensive approach to treatment, Palos is committed to delivering world-class medicine in a compassionate and caring environment.