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The American College of Radiology Random On Site Survey


William Robert Geiser

W Geiser1*, (1) UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

TU-A-Salon BCD-2 Tuesday 7:30:00 AM - 9:30:00 AM Room: Salon BCD

As part of their accreditation programs the American College of Radiology (ACR) reserves the right to perform on site surveys of any facility at any time during the accreditation process. For mammography the ACR is actually directed by MQSA to perform on site surveys of at least 5% of the facilities they accredit each year. The ACR calls these surveys a Random on Site Survey or ROSS. The ACR sends a three person team to a randomly chosen facility for the purpose of inspecting that facility to ensure that they are meeting the quality standards set forth in the accreditation program. The team consists of three individuals, a radiologist, a physicist and an ACR staff member from the appropriate accreditation program. Once the survey is complete the ACR team performs an exit interview with the facility program directors informing the facility of the outcome of the survey.

This lecture is will give the medical physicist an understanding of the process that the ACR uses to perform a ROSS, the responsibilities of each of the ROSS team members and the roll the facility medical physicist plays in the inspection process. With this information the medical physicist will be able to help their accredited facilities come through the inspection with high marks from the survey team.

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the survey process
2. Understand what documentation is needed at the facility
3. Be able to help their facility prepare for a random on site survey by the ACR


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