Penn State Hershey vascular lab recognized

The Penn State Hershey vascular lab was recently awarded a three-year term of accreditation in the areas of visceral vascular testing, peripheral arterial testing, peripheral venous testing, intracranial cerebrovascular testing, and extracranial cerebrovascular testing by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories.

The laboratory, a department of Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute, performs approximately 11,500 studies per year and has a staff with 28 years of combined experience in vascular testing.

This accreditation means that the vascular lab has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. Accreditation is granted only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review.

Early detection of life-threatening heart disorders, stroke and other diseases is possible through the use of vascular procedures performed within hospitals, outpatient centers and physicians’ offices. While these tests are very helpful, there are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on vascular testing. The skill of the vascular technologist performing the examination, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician, and the quality assurance measures are critical to quality patient testing.

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Last Updated October 13, 2011