Due to its exemplary practices, Mercy Health Physician Partners ─ Diabetes & Endocrine Center earned practice reaccreditation in the areas of thyroid/parathyroid by the Ultrasound Practice Accreditation Council of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). The Diabetes & Endocrine Center is one of only 39 in the nation with this accreditation.
According to the Ultrasound Practice Accreditation Council of the AIUM, the Diabetes & Endocrine Center earned this accreditation by meeting rigorous voluntary guidelines set by the diagnostic ultrasound profession, including the quality and training of the physicians and sonographers; equipment maintenance; quality-assurance measures and the thoroughness, technical quality and interpretation of the sonograms that the center performs.
“With this accreditation, our patients receive a seamless, quality experience by having their endocrinologists perform the ultrasound and read it while they are in our office,” said Ruggero Battan, MD, an endocrinologist who, along with Douglas Notman, MD, specializes in Thyroid at the center. “This saves them time and money by avoiding scheduling the ultrasound at a later time. Through this accreditation, we can perform biopsies in our office and have the results back from the hospital’s lab within five to seven business days.”
Benefits for receiving care in an AIUM-accredited center:
• Seamless care with a physician performing the ultrasound, meaning less time spent in scheduling and waiting for results
• Patient can be assured of quality care with properly maintained equipment
• Protocols and standards of care undergo intense scrutiny by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Facts About Thyroid Disease from the American Thyroid Association (ATA):
• More than 12 percent of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime.
• An estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease.
• Up to 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition.
• Women are five to eight times more likely than men to have thyroid problems.
• Most thyroid cancers respond to treatment, although a small percentage can be very aggressive.
• The causes of thyroid problems are largely unknown.
• Undiagnosed thyroid disease may put patients at risk for certain serious conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis and infertility.
• Pregnant women with undiagnosed or inadequately treated hypothyroidism have an increased risk of miscarriage, preterm delivery, and severe developmental problems in their children.
• Most thyroid diseases are life-long conditions that can be managed with medical attention.
If you would like to find out how the AIUM-accredited center can help you, please call 616.685.3098 or visit http://www.mercyhealthsaintmarys.com/endocrine-thyroid-care.