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Diagnostic Services

Diagnostic Services facilitates the provision of timely, cost-effective, and high quality diagnostic care in safe and secure environments. It includes the clinical services of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Radiology, and Nuclear Medicine . These services function in the settings of ambulatory care, acute care, mental health, geriatric and rehabilitative care. Facility based diagnostic service employees include physicians, nurses, technicians, technologists, administrators, as well as program assistants and analysts. Combining these diagnostic services and employees into an interdisciplinary group facilitates the sharing of knowledge and permits uniformity of practices and policies.

Nuclear Medicine & Radiation Safety Service

The Nuclear Medicine & Radiation Safety Service Program Office is an integral part of the Diagnostic Imaging Strategic Health Group (SHG) and is proactive in VHA's mission as a leader in quality, safety, clinical informatics, care efficacy and efficiency within a veteran focused and Employer of Choice culture. The Service provides advice and counsel to an array of stakeholders including VA Headquarters, VISNs and local VA medical centers via the dissemination of trends in nuclear services from volume and type of studies performed; to monitoring quality benchmarks including the results of the annual Nuclear Imaging Proficiency Program; to issues concerning professional recruitment and retention, technologist and physician productivity. The Service sponsors ad hoc support groups involving both nuclear medicine and radiation safety issues, and develops productivity models to provide stakeholders with previously unavailable benchmarks to help determine future demands for imaging services and staffing requirements.

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

The Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (P&LMS) National Program Office has as one of its primary responsibilities, the establishment of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national policies applicable to VA clinical laboratories. In addition, the national program office provides P&LMS guidance to the senior leadership in the VA and Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and the VA laboratory community in general, to help ensure that timely, cost effective, and high quality anatomic and clinical pathology services are provided for both VA patients and caregivers. Through its National Enforcement Office, P&LMS has a legislated responsibility to oversee the quality of services provided by VA Clinical Laboratories as well as laboratory compliance with regulatory, accreditation, and policy guidelines. The P&LMS National Program Office accomplishes its mission by the efficient utilization of organizational resources and in collaboration with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Department of Defense, the Food and Drug Administration, the various accrediting organizations, and other federal and civilian external agencies. The P&LMS Program Office is committed to providing support and promoting the delivery of quality laboratory services to eligible veterans.

Radiology

The Radiology Program Office, one of three programs comprising the Diagnostic Services, provides advice and recommends courses of action to VHA Headquarters, VISNs, and facility staff in order to facilitate the provision of timely, cost effective, and highest quality diagnostic care in environments which are safe for patients and caregivers.

The Radiology Program Office provides advice and recommends courses of action to VHA Headquarters, VISNs, and facility staff in order to facilitate the provision of timely, cost effective, and highest quality diagnostic care in environments, which are safe for patients and caregivers. It provides counsel to VA Central Office, VISNs, and facilities regarding trends in imaging statistics in support of effective decision-making. It recommends varied educational opportunities to diagnostic service employees at all levels. It identifies areas of research addressing the needs of our veteran patients. It collaborates with DoD and other government agencies to provide back-up diagnostic services in times of crisis or disaster. The Veterans Health Administration and the Radiology Program Office is committed to provide quality mammography services to our veterans and other patients. The radiographic goal is to generate the best possible reproducible quality image(s) at the minimal radiation dose necessary to give adequate image information.

Teleradiology

The Teleradiology Program provides remote radiologic interpretations. It is the process of sending radiologic images from one point to another through digital, computer-assisted transmission, typically over standard telephone lines, wide area network (WAN), or over a local area network (LAN). Through teleradiology, images can be sent from one from one location to another and even across the country.