Mary T. Lally, RT(R), Technical Manager for ICACTL, concurred. In the otolaryngology community, we find that due to the use of the mini-CT scanners, the ENT physicians typically only scan sinus and temporal bones, she said. The ICACTL accreditation program offers a pathway for the ENT physician to both perform and interpret their scans, providing they meet the criteria outlined in the standards. All CT scanners, whether they are full-body or volume/cone beam units, must meet the same quality assurance [QA] criteria. Also, all laboratories that apply for ICACTL accreditation must have a comprehensive QA program that includes both technical and interpretive quality assessment.
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Whatever the path to in-office CT scanning-full body or mini-CT-accreditation is now becoming de rigueur for UnitedHealthcare providers and other practices.
Ms. Wilcox noted, I think that accreditation, whether it’s through the ACR or through the IAC, is an important assessment. They are both peer-review programs, but the whole self-assessment process that goes on in preparing for accreditation can be very enlightening about areas where quality is less than optimal. [Accreditation] is all about quality patient care. It’s a way for ENTs to demonstrate that they’re committed to providing good quality imaging, not just the direct patient care that they are already obviously dedicated to delivering.
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