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Release: June 5, 2000

UI Health Care ultrasound unit receives three-year accreditation

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The ultrasound unit in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has received accreditation for another three-year period from the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM).

The institute accredits ultrasound units nationally. The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics ultrasound unit is accredited in obstetrics and gynecology and has met voluntary standards set by the diagnostic ultrasound profession. The entire practice was reviewed, including personnel, physical facilities, documentation, storage, record-keeping, quality assurance methods, policies and procedures.

"We were among the first 40 ultrasound units in the U.S. to be accredited," said Jerome Yankowitz, MD, a specialist in high-risk pregnancies with University of Iowa Health Care.
He directs the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Unit. "There are now about 1,000 ultrasound units that are accredited nationwide. This reaccreditation confirms our ongoing commitment to quality health care and reflects very favorably upon the expertise and skill of our sonographers and physicians. We are very proud of their accomplishments."

The unit is accredited to perform obstetrics and gynecology ultrasound examinations until April of 2003. Ultrasound plays a key role in the diagnosis of fetal disorders. The technology uses sound waves to safely image the fetus in the uterus.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.