NAGS HEAD, N.C.—The Outer Banks Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in ultrasound (OB/GYN, General, Vascular, Peripheral vascular, Cerebrovascular, Abdominal vascular, Deep abdominal vascular) as a result of a recent evaluation by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Ultrasound has been used to image the human body for at least 50 years. It is one of the most widely used diagnostic tools in modern medicine. Ultrasound produces sound waves that are beamed into the body causing return echoes that are recorded to “visualize” structures beneath the skin. The ability to measure different echoes reflected from a variety of tissues allows a shadow picture to be constructed.

“Accreditation by the ACR demonstrates a commitment to quality care and patient safety,” said Van Smith, President of The Outer Banks Hospital. “By being recognized for meeting nationally accepted radiology standards, this is an outstanding achievement that supports our initiatives to improve outcomes and patient safety, but also our mission to enhance the quality of life for the residents and visitors of Dare County and the surrounding region by promoting wellness and providing the highest quality healthcare services,” added Smith.

The ACR, headquartered in Reston, Virginia, awards accreditations to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. They access the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of facility equipment. The surveyors report their findings to the ACR’s Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practices with a comprehensive report.

“We are pleased to be recognized for the quality care we provide in so many modalities,” said Belita Rock, Director of Imaging Services at The Outer Banks Hospital. “This accreditation by the ACR assures a high level of confidence for not only our patients, but also referring physicians,” noted Rock.

The ACR is a national organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic and interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, and nuclear medicine and medical physicist with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive healthcare services.


The Imaging Department at The Outer Banks Hospital uses a filmless, digital system that includes a state-of-the-art Picture Archiving and Communication System for all tests. Our specialties include: diagnostic radiology, mammography, ultrasound, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) services and nuclear medicine.