ACR launches cardiac MRI accreditation

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The American College of Radiology (ACR) has launched a cardiac MRI accreditation program. The Cardiac MRI Accreditation Program evaluates facilities regarding the qualifications of personnel, the quality control program, MRI safety policies, and image quality specific to cardiac MRI. ACR sites the rise in cardiovascular imaging and the need for quality assurance as its motivation in offering the program.
“Institutions performing cardiac MRI will now be able to demonstrate their commitment to quality care and patient safety via this added component of the ACR's MRI accreditation program,” said A. Joseph Borelli, MD, chair of the ACR Committee on MRI Accreditation.
ACR accreditation in cardiac MRI requires that the physicians supervising and interpreting the exams meet stringent education and training standards, and also requires that the imaging equipment is surveyed regularly by qualified medical physicists to ensure that it is functioning properly. Also, technologists administering the tests must be certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, ACR said.
“The ACR MRI Cardiac Accreditation program represents a commitment to high quality standards for performance of MR of the heart. The module was developed by a multi-disciplinary group of cardiovascular imagers together with the ACR. Imaging centers accredited in cardiac MR will have demonstrated their dedication to patient care and experience in cardiac MRI,” said David A. Bluemke, MD, PhD, chair of the ACR Subcommittee for Cardiac MRI Accreditation.