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ACR Accreditation Updates in CT, Ultrasound, Mammography and MRI

R Price
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E Berns

N Hangiandreou

M McNitt-Gray

R Price1*, E Berns2*, N Hangiandreou3*, M McNitt-Gray4*, (1) Vanderbilt Medical Center, Nashville, TN, (2) University of Colorado Health Science, Denver, CO, (3) Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, (4) UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA


TU-A-18C-1 Tuesday 7:30AM - 9:30AM Room: 18C

A goal of an imaging accreditation program is to ensure adequate image quality, verify appropriate staff qualifications, and to assure patient and personnel safety. Currently, more than 35,000 facilities in 10 modalities have been accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR), making the ACR program one of the most prolific accreditation options in the U.S. In addition, the ACR is one of the accepted accreditations required by some state laws, CMS/MIPPA insurance and others. Familiarity with the ACR accreditation process is therefore essential to clinical diagnostic medical physicists. Maintaining sufficient knowledge of the ACR program must include keeping up-to-date as the various modality requirements are refined to better serve the goals of the program and to accommodate newer technologies and practices. This session consists of presentations from authorities in four ACR accreditation modality programs, including magnetic resonance imaging, mammography, ultrasound, and computed tomography. Each speaker will discuss the general components of the modality program and address any recent changes to the requirements.

Learning Objectives:
1. To understand the requirements of the ACR MR accreditation program. The discussion will include accreditation of whole-body general purpose magnets, dedicated extremity systems well as breast MRI accreditation. Anticipated updates to the ACR MRI Quality Control Manual will also be reviewed.
2. To understand the current ACR MAP Accreditation requirement and present the concepts and structure of the forthcoming ACR Digital Mammography QC Manual and Program.
3. To understand the new requirements of the ACR ultrasound accreditation program, and roles the physicist can play in annual equipment surveys and setting up and supervising the routine QC program.
4. To understand the requirements of the ACR CT accreditation program, including updates to the QC manual as well as updates through the FAQ process.


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