The Importance of Ultrasound Practice Accreditation

When your healthcare provider recommends that you have an ultrasound exam (also called a sonogram), you want to be sure that you're getting the best of care. Unfortunately, there is little regulation over who can perform or interpret a sonogram. Ultrasound practice accreditation fills that void.

What Is Accreditation?

In order for a practice to be accredited, it must meet rigorous requirements. Once a practice becomes accredited, it must re-apply for accreditation every three years to show that it continues to operate at a level of excellence.

When you or a loved one has a sonogram performed at an accredited facility, you can be confident that:

  • The physician who interprets the exam is trained in the ultrasound specialty and receives regular continuing education to remain current in the field.
  • The person who performs the exam, the sonographer, is certified in the specialty.
  • The exam is performed in the safest way possible, using equipment that gets regular preventive maintenance and calibration.
  • The content of the exam meets or exceeds nationally recognized guidelines.

These are just some of the many aspects that are evaluated curing the accreditation process.

Ultrasound practice accreditation is offered by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (www.aium.org) and the American College of Radiologuy (www.acr.org). Each organization provides an on-line list of its accredited practices.

These are just some of the many aspects that are evaluated during the accreditation process.

Ultrasound practice accreditation is offered by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and the ACR. Each organization provides an on-line list of its accredited practices.

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