Legacy neuromuscular lab earns accreditation

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The neuromuscular lab at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center has earned a national association's highest level of accreditation.

Legacy announced Thursday that the Legacy Health Neuromuscular Laboratory was awarded accreditation with exemplary status by the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

Exemplary status is the highest level given.

"We are proud that we are the first in the region to offer this level of diagnostic care to our patients," Dr. Herbert Alexander Krob, laboratory director, said in a news release.

In electrodiagnostic medicine, specially trained physicians use information from a patient's history and physical exam, along with test results. The tests are used to record and analyze electrical impulses between muscles and nerves to diagnose, evaluate and treat neuromuscular, musculoskeletal and nervous system disorders.

The accreditation program is a voluntary, peer-review process. To be eligible, all of the physicians performing or interpreting studies in the laboratory must receive special training and be certified by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine or by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in clinical neurophysiology or neuromuscular medicine.