Nuclear Labs at CIS-Baton Rouge & CIS-Lafayette General Now Accredited by ICANL

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Nuclear laboratories at Cardiovascular Institute of the South in Baton Rouge and Lafayette General are now accredited for the next three years by the Intersocietal Committee for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories (ICANL).

These two laboratories join eight other CIS nuclear laboratories in being recognized for commitment to high-quality patient care and the provisions of quality diagnostic testing.

As heart disease remains the number one killer in the United States, early detection through nuclear testing is even more crucial to fighting the condition.  Nuclear procedures assess cardiac function and flow to the heart.  As a result, physicians are able to detect the presence of cardiovascular disease and determine risk for future heart attacks. 

An accurate diagnosis based on nuclear cardiology testing relies on the skill of the nuclear technologist performing the examination, the type of equipment used, the knowledge and experience of the physician and quality assurance measures.

“CIS accreditation demonstrates our commitment to high-quality patient care,” explains Tyra LeBoeuf, Technical Director of Nuclear Medicine at CIS.  “By maintaining compliance with the high-level standards set forth by ICANL, we are able to deliver the world-class care that our patients deserve.”

Each year, more than 5 million stress nuclear cardiology studies are performed in the United States, and CIS contributes more than 12,000 procedures per year to this national average. 

ICANL accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to nuclear medicine, which include physicians, nuclear medicine technologists, and medical physicists.  Patients should remain vigilant in making sure that their nuclear medicine procedures are performed within accredited laboratories, because for many facilities, it remains a voluntary process.

CIS is one of the most respected groups of cardiologists, representing nearly every specialty in heart and circulatory medicine.  With a team of nearly 500 dedicated team members, CIS serves communities throughout Louisiana, as well as national and international patients, at its 13 clinics.  CIS consistently positions itself at the forefront of technology by providing the most up-to-date technology coupled with compassionate care.  This mission has guided the institute for more than 28 years of service to south Louisiana.  For more information about CIS, call 1-800-425-2565 or visit