June 06, 2024

ACR seeks input from accredited nuclear medicine sites regarding new equipment quality control manual

American College of Radiology releases draft manual outlining nuclear medicine QC program

The American College of Radiology® (ACR®) is asking for feedback on its draft nuclear medicine quality control manual. The manual is designed to help facilities establish and maintain an effective nuclear medicine quality control program and meet the requirements of ACR’s Nuclear Medicine Accreditation Program (NMAP).

Comments are sought from clinical personnel who support facilities accredited by the ACR program, including medical physicists, nuclear medicine technologists and lead interpreting physicians. The deadline to provide comments is July 22.

“Monitoring equipment performance with a comprehensive QC program is critical for consistently producing high-quality nuclear medicine studies,” said Michelle Kritzman, MS, chair of ACR’s Nuclear Medicine and PET Accreditation Subcommittee on Physics. “All sites accredited by ACR in nuclear medicine have agreed to carry out a continuous program of equipment QC, and this manual will assist with standardization of testing.”

ACR’s Nuclear Medicine Accreditation Program was established in 1999 to attest to the quality and safety of nuclear medicine practice at accredited facilities. Accreditation received through this program assures patients, referring physicians and others that studies at accredited sites are only performed by well-trained and competent personnel using properly functioning equipment.