Accreditation = Practice Standards
Certification ensures that the ultrasound staff makes the grade. Accreditation by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) helps ensure that all of the other elements needed for high-quality ultrasound are in place.
Like certification, AIUM accreditation of any ultrasound practice is voluntary. To gain accreditation, the ultrasound group has to take the initiative to demonstrate that it meets or exceeds national standards in every aspect of ultrasound that is specified by the AIUM, including
- Proof that the physicians have received specialty training,
- A sound program for ensuring that all ultrasound equipment is medically safe,
- Documentation that ultrasound procedures are thorough and complete, and
- Evidence that the ultrasound equipment used is appropriate for the types of tests being performed, and that it is checked regularly to be sure it is in good working order.
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