|What It Takes to Achieve Accreditation - and Keep It|
When an ultrasound practice—such as a hospital’s radiology or ob-gyn department—applies to the AIUM for accreditation, an assessment of every aspect of the practice’s operation (including both staff and equipment) is required. For accreditation, ultrasound facilities must have:
Inevitably, the thoroughness of the review required for AIUM accreditation uncovers both strengths and weaknesses in an ultrasound practice.
So the next step is to formulate specific, workable solutions to remedy any problems, and then demonstrate to the AIUM Ultrasound Practice Accreditation Council that the changes meet their expectations. Perhaps, some staff members need further education and training in new developments in ultrasound. Or, the review may reveal a need for new, dedicated ultrasound equipment.
Accreditation is not just a onetime assessment. Ultrasound practices accredited by the AIUM must go through the same exhaustive audit every 3 years, to retain their accreditation.
In short, AIUM accreditation provides a good measure of reassurance for patients. This accreditation is the hallmark of an ultrasound practice that meets nationally accepted standards of patient care, demonstrates consistent excellence, and is current with the latest ultrasound technology.