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VeinCare Centers of Tennessee has achieved a full three-year accreditation in Peripheral Venous Testing by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) after a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. VCOT is one of only two such accredited vein centers in Middle Tennessee.

Non-invasive venous testing is an essential component of the evaluation of venous disorders, limb swelling, or soft tissue pain. Patients undergo a very detailed ultrasound examination to identify abnormalities in the blood vessels and soft tissues in order to determine the location and type of problems in the blood vessels.

Dr. Stephen Daugherty is an expert in venous ultrasound testing and, in fact, is one of the primary exam writers for the venous ultrasound credential for physicians and technologists, the Registered Phlebology Sonographer (RPhS) certification. Dr. Daugherty and his experienced and very skilled vascular technologists, Chris Dudley and Aleata Parker, are all certified as Registered Vascular Technologists and Registered Phlebology Sonographers.

The vascular laboratory within VCOT employs an unusual degree of sophistication in venous ultrasound testing that far exceeds the IAC standards. The IAC accreditation process involves a thorough review of physician and technologist training and experience, the equipment utilized, technical aspects of the testing, testing protocols, interpretation criteria, and reporting. Detailed case review was performed by a panel of experts to assure compliance with national standards. An ongoing quality review and improvement process is a key component of the accreditation.

VCOT is proud of its staff whose performance is critical to the culture of excellence and to the clinical results at VCOT.

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    "I have been a patient with VeinCare Centers of Tennessee for 2 years now and it has been a life changing experience for me. I came to Dr. Daugherty with leg pain & swelling in my legs and feet. From the very start I was very impressed with the doctor and staff, because they…" -- M.C.

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