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Aurora Health Center nuclear cardiology laboratory receives accreditation

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

The Aurora Health Center at 4061 Old Peshtigo Road in Marinette has received accreditation for its nuclear cardiology laboratory from the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories (ICANL).

The accreditation, which is for three years, is in myocardial perfusion imaging and general nuclear medicine. It signifies that the facility has been reviewed by an independent agency that recognizes the laboratory’s commitment to quality testing for the diagnosis of heart disease.

“This accreditation certifies Aurora’s permanent commitment here to provide excellent quality patient care and state-of-the-art technology to improve the health in our community,” said Dr. Ricardo Vicuna, cardiologist and internal medicine physician at the Aurora Health Center.

During nuclear cardiology testing procedures, both the pump function and the blood flow of the heart are assessed. The heart is evaluated both at rest and during exercise using a small amount of radioisotope in a complex, non-invasive imaging technique. Nuclear cardiology testing relies on the experience and training of both the physician and technologist, and the ICANL evaluates the quality of these and other critical elements of a nuclear cardiology laboratory.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 80 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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Contact:  Mike Spofford (920-445-2165)

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