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ICANL Accreditation

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 - Danbury, CT

Danbury Hospital announces that its Nuclear Medicine Laboratory has received accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Laboratories. The laboratory is the only facility in the northeast that is certified in Nuclear Medicine, PET/CT and Nuclear Cardiology and one of the first nuclear medicine laboratories in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico to be so recognized for its commitment to high quality patient care and its provision of quality diagnostic testing.

More than 10 million nuclear medicine imaging and therapeutic procedures are performed each year in the United States. The imaging procedure is effectively used in a broad range of medical specialties, from pediatrics to cardiology to psychiatry, to safely diagnose and even treat disease. In children, nuclear medicine tests are used to evaluate bone pain, injuries, infection or kidney and bladder function. In adults, the test is used to identify and treat hyperthyroidism (Graves’ Disease), as cardiac stress tests to analyze the heart, bone scan for orthopedic injuries, lung scans for blood clots, and liver and gallbladder procedure to diagnose abnormal function or blockage.

“This is the second ICANL accreditation designation recognizing all of our Nuclear Medicine, Nuclear Cardiology and PET services at all Danbury Hospital-affiliated locations as having met stringent national operating and quality control standards,” said Richard Rigling, administrative director, Cardiovascular and Nuclear Medicine Services. “Our patients and their physicians can be assured that the complete patient care process that we provide continues to receive ratings at high quality clinical and diagnostic levels.”

Participation in the ICANL accreditation process is voluntary. Accreditation status 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.

There are more than 100 different nuclear medicine tests available, which are capable of diagnosing or ruling out diseases in every major organ system in earlier stages than other available medicine procedures. None require surgery or additional diagnostic evaluations. According to the Society of Nuclear Medicine, more than 3,900 hospital-based Nuclear Medicine departments currently operate in the United States. The Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories (ICANL) accreditation program evaluates the quality of critical elements of Nuclear Medicine facilities, offering a voluntary method for laboratories to demonstrate the level of care provided to patients.


The ICANL was established with the support of 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 Physicians, and the Academy of Molecular Imaging (formerly known as the Institute for Clinical PET). The ICANL 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.

About Danbury Hospital

Danbury Hospital is a 371-bed regional medical center and university teaching hospital associated with New York Medical College, the Yale University School of Medicine, the Connecticut School of Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center. The hospital provides centers of excellence in cardiovascular services, cancer, weight loss surgery, orthopedics, digestive disorders and radiology. It also offers specialized programs for sleep disorders and asthma management. Medical staff members are board certified in their specialties.

Danbury Hospital is ranked in the top 5 percent of hospitals in the country for overall clinical performance by HealthGrades®, a leading independent health care rating organization. It is the only health care facility in Connecticut ranked among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide for overall clinical performance five years in a row.

In the area of cardiac care, Danbury Hospital is ranked number one in Connecticut for cardiac surgery and in the top 5 percent nationally for overall cardiac care by HealthGrades®. This is the second consecutive year for the national award.