Inclusion of Pediatric-Specific Indications and Procedures in the New ACR MRI Accreditation Program

Serai, S. D.; Rigsby, C. K.; Kan, H. J.; Panigrahy, A.; Hernanz-Schulman, M.; Anupindi, S. A.

J Am Coll Radiol. 2018 May 8

Abstract

MRI equipment with its complex instrumentation and adaptable software applications is vulnerable to technical and image quality problems, and maintaining quality assurance is essential. Accreditation of MRI centers by the ACR has become a routine practice for radiology departments and imaging centers across the country. In its prior format, the ACR MRI Accreditation Program had examination anatomic modules designed primarily to measure quality and validate MR performance primarily in adult imaging practices. In an effort to more closely meet the specific imaging requirements of pediatric patients, an ad hoc MR accreditation committee was created under the ACR Commission on Pediatric Imaging. The committee, consisting of ACR members from five children's hospitals, was tasked with creating suggested revisions to the anatomic modules and helping develop pediatric-specific studies that could be adopted into the ACR MRI Accreditation Program. Updated ACR MRI accreditation anatomic modules incorporating the ad hoc committee's recommendations were released by ACR in May 2017. This article highlights the recommendations made by the ad hoc committee. The revised modules should allow pediatric imaging centers to achieve ACR MRI accreditation for all anatomic modules and will underscore best imaging practices for patients of all ages.

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