The Ultrasound Practice Council of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine is pleased to announce that Pen Bay Women’s Health is among a growing number of ultrasound practices to achieve accreditation in obstetric and gynecologic ultrasound.

Pen Bay Women’s Health has achieved accreditation in recognition that the practice has met voluntary standards set by the diagnostic ultrasound profession. The entire practice was reviewed, including the practice’s personnel; physical facilities; documentation, storage and record-keeping practices; policies and procedures; quality assurance methods; and how the practice meets AlUM standards.

Since 1998, Pen Bay Women’s Health has successfully completed the application process for obstetrical and gynecological ultrasound practice accreditation. Once again Pen Bay Women’s health was awarded accreditation in this area for the current three-year period.

According to Dr. Thomas J. O’Connor III, MD, physician director of ultrasound at PBWH, “We are very proud and happy to be one of only nine centers in the state having OB/GYN AlUM certification, the highest level of ultrasound accreditation in the country.”

Participation in the AlUM’s Ultrasound Practice Accreditation program is voluntary and available to practices throughout the U.S.

The AlUM developed this program in response to the many changes in the approach to healthcare delivery that have resulted in an increased scrutiny of diagnostic evaluations, as well as technical improvements that have allowed for the expanded use of ultrasound and have dramatically increased the number of physicians and sonographers using this modality.